Vercel returns to his first love, the sea. Lena was straight adventure; The Tides of Mont St. Michel was straight atmosphere; Salvage, his first big book, was -- and still is -- his best, a Goncourt Prize winner, in the Conrad manner. This new novel takes five months' voyage in a deep sea fishing trawler, off Iceland. There's great detail of life abroad, and a slight personal story of a captain who worships his wife, and of the 18-year old son, who knows his mother is unfaithful. When she is accidentally killed, the Captain chooses death with his ship rather than life -- and the son takes the hard way of wrecking his mother's memory in order to save his father. The market? Definitely those who would ""go down to the sea again"". Limited.