A fun and entertaining read. Nothing too weighty; just right for a cozy night at anchor. Highliners is book one of a trilogy including Breakers and Raiders. William McCloskey begins the tale of Hank Crawford, August, 1963, fresh out of college on his way to a cannery job on Kodiak Island, looking for overtime and big dollars. The volume ends in 1975, with the fisherman characters and the changing nature of the fishery filled out. The story is timeless and well told. Plucky, rebellious young man leaves home to follow a dream despite parental opposition. Gradually he finds his sea legs and charts his course. Gradually he becomes part of a dynamic close knit community. A viking-like adventurous lifestyle is portrayed and a bit romanticized. Fishermen competing among themselves and then bonding together as a group, lobbying government to protect their interests and limit foreign fishing. The story builds on its own with little need for gratuituous language. The rhythm of the sea underlies every chapter and although the characters are fictional the times they occupy are factual. A must read for all salty fish lovers because it defines fishing commercial fishing in Alaska. The last frontier.