From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
During a terrible storm, first officer Jerry Griffin does his duty and dumps $1.5 million worth of goods into the sea to lessen the danger of sinking the Janeel Trader, a cargo freighter. Once on shore, Jerry is a little surprised when he is hauled before the Coast Guard maritime court (thanks to his angry businessman brother), which may hold him responsible for the loss of the cargo, since the previous officer claims he could have saved both ship and cargo.
Jerry needs Captain Bancroft’s testimony to clear his name, but the old man is murdered before the trial. Now Jerry is falsely accused of that crime too. Perry comes on as Jerry’s attorney and investigates what he feels is gross injustice. Paul gets a free trip to the Orient when Perry has him check up on the lost cargo.