A young naval officer takes on the task of understanding the spread of Communism. He starts with the seminal work of Marx, the "Communist Manifesto," and continues reading and analyzing world history in the twentieth century.
The lives of Lenin and Stalin are gone into, followed by the struggle on the part of the Communists and the Fascists over Spain during its civil war, 1936-1939. In China, the conflict between Mao and Chiang Kai-shek is explained. It ends with Mao victorious and Chiang moving to Taiwan with his army. On the death of Mao, Deng Xiaoping returns to the scene and steers China away from Communism toward a form of market economy.
In our hemisphere, four movements are analyzed, that of Castro in Cuba, Ortega in Nicaragua, Chavez in Venezuela and Allende in Chile. With the exception of Castro's stated intention of forming a Communistic government, Ortega, Chavez and Allende can be thought of mixing Communism with Socialism in creating their governments. The young naval officer does not escape romantic entanglements. He experiences the attractions of several women before finding a woman who is interested in him for marriage and starting a family.