For a short book this gets off to a circuitous start. Joey longed to climb to the crow's nest of his father's sardine boat, the Ann. He followed Petey, an older smart-alec to Fish Harbour to find the his interest wandered and he went exploring on the . When his father reprimanded him, Joey spitefully hoped that there'd be a small catch on his father's next fishing trip. Sure enough, his wish came true -- to Joey's sincere contrition. Then to make matters worse, Joey's mother fell ill. So his father took Joey on board the next trip out, where Joey squared things by climbing up to the forbidden and vertiginous crow's nest spotting a school of sardines and saving the day. High adventure, slow start and easy reading.