Ishmeal is looking for a whaling ship and founds out that the last ship just left and the next ship will leave in monday. So he looks for a hotel.
So he went to look for a cheap hotel where he can stay until monday. It is in the hotel that he meats Queequeg, a cannibal. They become friends and Queequeg tells him to come with him on a trip.
So they go into a ship which is leaving and ask the person if they can signed in. The ship that they are signing is a whaling ship which is going to be in the ocean for 3 years. When they get on the ship and leave, the captian with one leg and a wooden one comes out and tells them that they are in a hunt for the great white sperm whale, moby dick.