Pearl Boy is an ongoing manhwa written by Zoy and illustrated by Inking. Released in 2020, it has been published by Lezhin. Season 1 consists of chapters 1-29. Season 2 is currently being uploaded, though the author is on break.
Dooshik is in a bind. After making off with the takings from the gay bar where he worked, he seeks refuge in a small, coastal town. As his funds dwindle, he desperately needs a way to make ends meet. Still, a boy’s got to eat! So he dives into a clam house to satisfy his cravings. But with no money to pay, he dashes off leaving Jooha, the server, to foot the bill. Later on, when Dooshik returns to pay his debt, he’s greeted by a sordid scene that offers a tantalizing glimpse of the solution to his money problems. For within Jooha’s beautiful shell lies a secret treasure waiting to be drawn out. And Dooshik is just the man to do it.
Season 1: 1-29 (29 chapters)
Season 2: 30-50 (21 chapters)
Season 3: 51- (ongoing)
At 24 Dooshik was a former gay bar server. At the seafront he observes a couple and wonders what are they so happy about. Checking his phone to see a balance of 27 Won, Dooshik despairs how he is so broke and thinks whether he has to sleep on the streets tonight. Having contacted many people and was angered why they could betray him by ignoring his calls. As Dooshik thinks he was so good to them it is recalled that he advised someone the secret to winning fights is to catch them off guard, to flipping a table and encouraging someone to head to one more bar. Dooshik does reflect on whether he can really blame them. He is stunned at being turned down by a man he thought would be easy as he thinks of himself as supremo of the Gangnam red-light district. Although part time work is available Dooshik deems the pay too low and means to leave the restaurant he has ordered from when no one is looking. He wonders why Jooha did not suggest he needed to pay with his body right away, it is what he does best.
Upon relieving himself many pearls are released. Three months earlier he worked in a seafood restaurant. Aware that Dooshik had entered the Jooha heeds his co-worker's guidance to keep an eye on him. After serving him Jooha is ready to ask if Dooshik enjoyed his meal after attempting to leave without paying but finds the doors locked. Guessing that Dooshik is unable to pay rather than call the police Jooha says Dooshik is going to have to pay for it with his body. Stunned at Dooshik directing Jooha's own hand to his crotch what Jooha meant is that Dooshik should at least do the dishes to pay for his meal.
This unnamed man was approached by Dooshik before the beach and he questioned whether Dooshik was a prostitute at having himself touched. A second direct hit on Dooshik is him guessing that he is a hustler with no place to go. Walking away this man stated that Dooshik looked pretty tasty and all but he has something even more delicious on the menu tonight then advises him to try his luck elsewhere. His idea of a tastier dish is a seafood restaurant with many other guys but if he noticed that Dooshik was there as well he did not interact with him.
Under Hosung in Kang's phone a message is sent to inform him that the money that was borrowed last time has been wired. Lee apologizes that it took so long then adds that Madam Hyung is looking all over for Kang.
The boss of the assocation that Jooha was made to work at. Pilwon was the boyfriend of Jooha's mother but he always loved the boy. For this reason, when Jooha's mother passed away he blackmailed the boy to be his sex slave. When he discovered that Jooha can produce pearls he loses his mind and organized sex parties where Jooha was submitted to many old men in order to produce a lot of pearls.
Kang Dooshik and Jooha are in bed. Three months earlier Dooshik was considering his situation. Calls to people from Korea such as Kwak Joohyuk, Jubilleess Madam and Bong-geun had gone unanswered. Approaching who he sees as an easy mark but getting turned down, in Kang's hunger he heads to order some grilled clams with a bottle of soju. Noticing that the patrons of the restaurant are all men Dooshik also sees the guy he met earlier. His server advises Jooha that there is something fishy about Dooshik. With everyone having left Dooshik attempts to sneak out. Jooha is there to remind him that would be 65,000 Won. With Dooshik having no money Jooha says there is only one way for him to pay.