A poignant story of driftwood on the California waterfront, handled with tenderness and conviction. Two human castaways find solidarity together after years of loneliness; it is reminiscent of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but it is less intense, with overtones of whimsy here, mysticism there. The man is the ""Swede"", who first find firm footing when a Jap hires him to captain his bait barge; the girl is a waitress in a cheap dive, completely beaten by the world, and the ""Swede"" rescues her when she attempts suicide. The barge which forms their new home brings them release from isolation, security and happiness momentarily -- until Fate catches up with them. It is a moving story, nicely done -- perhaps the best ""runner up"" in the Steinbeck stakes that has come along.