A rather strange book, not without beauty, this lyrical, elemental story of a sailor -- and Galeta -- the girl he loved through the years. Perhaps it is the girl, whose questioning, elusive nature conditions the plot and makes it somewhat incredible. Charlie, her sailor, is a fine person, with the calm strength of his calling, but after a year of marriage, and despite her love for him, she leaves him believing that she will develop more fully alone. For twenty years they follow separate paths, only to be reunited after the death of their son, killed on his father's ship. For those who like Vercel, the sea, its hold, its moods, balancing a certain psychological conflict.