Having quarreled with his grandfather ( the old Martin Chuzzlewit), and now apparently dispossessed of his inheritance, Martin travels to America with the hopes of making his fortune. He takes with him his servant and friend Mark Tapley (of the Blue Dragon Inn); a very small sum of money; a vague idea of how to apply his as yet untried skills as an architect and businessman; and a ring given to him by his love, Mary. At the end of the cross-over voyage, he and Mark are temporarily separated, as Mark takes time to help a lady passenger find her husband in New York . . . .