Vicente Blasco Ibáñez was born on 29 January, 1867, in Valencia, Spain. He was a journalist, politician and the best-selling Spanish novelist, whose books were adapted to Hollywood movies. He studied law, graduated, but he never went into practice, because his topics of interest were journalism, literature, politics and women. He died on January 28, 1928, in Menton, France.
Mare Nostrum is one of his famous books, which was adapted into a movie in 1926. It is a spy novel in the Mediterranean.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Ulises Ferragut, against his family wish, wants to become a captain of a ship. He is on the ship Mare Nostrum, crossing the Mediterranean when the Great War starts. While in its maritime feud, he faces some adventures and sees the deadliest weapons in the German submarines.