The title is apt for the story as it revolves around the life of Tom who was an American prisoner of war. The couple knew that they would be termed treacherous if they did not inform the police about the white 'enemy'. But, they could not bring themselves to do what seemed the best course of action at that point, i.e. to throw the man back into the sea. After a lot of speculation, the doctor thought of treating the dying man on humanitarian grounds.