A complex novel that bases its story on the exploits of the author as he experiences the world of whaling. The adolescent Eyes becomes a valued member of the crew of Kurt Hansen with his expert vision and knack for perception. He becomes a man trusted amongst men.
His Captain, a veteran whaler, takes him under his wing yet treats him with discord until his skills endear him to the crew and take them all on a journey that they won't all return from.
Meanwhile an African hunter learns about the adventure and soon gets involved chasing the ultimate whale, Caesar, in exchange for the ultimate elephant, SwingBack.
It was a strange yet enjoyable but long winded in places but stick it with it.