Billy Budd is a sailor on a British ship during the Napoleonic wars. He's friends with everyone except the master-at-arms, Claggart, who falsely accuses him of inciting mutiny. This parable of the clash between good and evil looks to the conflicts between the requirements of the law and the needs of humanity. Discovered unfinished after Herman Melville's death, this text is the result of study and research by Melville scholars. 74 pages, softcover. Dover Thrift Edition.