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In a time when the main source of energy was still coal, there was a man who saw the future in oil. Young Tetsuzo Kunioka who hails from Moji, Kitakyushu, rides out into the oil business, but is faced with numerous challenges and competitors who stand in his way, including domestic suppliers and major western oil companies, or the "oil majors". But Tetsuzo never gave up, however despairing the situation was. He always found a way and paved a new road with his unconventional ideas, eccentric actions, and most of all, his caring heart toward his own men. That style of Tetsuzo's was not something that would ever change, even when the tides were against him in a war-lost Japan. And finally, the "incident" that would come to shake the country which was devastated from the defeat of war, occurs. With the western "majors" getting hostile with Tetsuzo, all oil transportation routes were sealed off with besiegement on an overwhelming scale. Tetsuzo makes an "insane move" to ship his only large-scale oil tanker, the "Nissho Maru", to Iran in secret. Importing oil directly from Iran would mean becoming absolute enemies with England, who at the time had complete control over Iran's oil. However, seeing Iran suffer poor conditions under England's pressure, Tetsuzo feels a similarity with his own situation, and engages in his biggest fight against the "oil majors", despite his men's objections. Can "Nissho Maru" stay under the English fleet's radar, and safely make it back to Japan? And why was Tetsuzo Kunioka called a "pirate"? The answers to these questions unravel.