Considered by many to be Conrad's masterpiece, it is a story of
revolution, deception, and self-betrayal. Running throughout is the
theme of man's struggle against his greatest enemy--himself. The
agent of destruction is stolen silver. When revolution breaks out,
Nostromo is told to remove the silver treasure, and he hides it on
a desert island. Later he lets it be known that the ship carrying
the silver had sunk to the bottom of the sea. From that day, he
grows discreetly richer. Conrad shows how the fates of Gould, the
empire builder, Nostromo, the incorruptable and vain man of the
people, Decoud, the voice of skeptical intelligence, and Dr.
Monygham, the outcast, are mirrored in the shining treasure that
haunts them and challenges their honor.