┐Splashes of silver shone in the seine as it went up to the power block atop the rigging, and returned to the wood deck ready to be stacked on the stern. We had done it┐the silver splotches that danced in the sunlight dropped to the deck, ready to be heaved into the hold.┐ Three young men and a gritty, hard-edged captain are shoehorned into a 32-foot fishing boat in the vast, cold waters of Alaska. This is the setting for the fascinating reminiscences of Ted Soderberg about his long summer college vacation in 1972. Jaded with the remnants of psychedelic hippie life in San Francisco, Ted chooses to spend the summer months not living the easy life on the beaches of Cancun or St Petersburg, but enduring the harsh, exhausting conditions onboard a commercial purse seiner in Southern Alaska. Hilarious and awe-inspiring by turns, Soderberg narrates the story of his experiences with a wry voice, and his relationships with the crew, and hazardous encounters both at sea and on dry land, make for a thrilling and fulfilling read.