Matt Pullen, like his father, was born to fish the dangerous shoals off England's Essex coast. After his father's death, Matt was forced to assume a bread- winner's responsibilities; luck was with him, and he soon was able to buy a new boat. His friendship with a proper rich lad, whom he meets at the boat yard, is realistically portrayed by the author, as the two lovers of the sea become involved first in yacht facing, then in rugged commercial fishing. Characterization runs unusually deep; dialogue is natural and lively, and the intriguing events follow one another logically to a believable conclusion. The salty, rough picture of a tyrannical sea is all for the boys in this high quality story of two diverse young lads.