While vacationing alone in Florida, 34-year-old Kelley Hendricks meets elderly Jake Hart on a fishing pier and helps rescue a sharkfisherman nearly killed by a lemon shark at gaff. He also meets Jake’s adopted Cuban daughter, 30-year-old Shevaun, and decides to leave his Midwestern life. With Shevaun’s help, he becomes mate on a charter boat and learns pier- and deep-sea fishing. With Jake’s help, he learns sharkfishing and strives to catch a shark his size or bigger. Of course, nothing’s easy. Kelley’s abuse at the hands of his father has left him with childhood scars he associates with fishing. Jake’s wife has recently passed away, leaving him a recluse waiting to die. And Shevaun, with whom Kelley thinks he’s finally found a lasting relationship, well... her ex-husband shows up and has some sort of control over her.
So, does Kelley get the girl? Catch the shark? Find a father? You’re a few hundred pages of adventure, love, romance, sex, humor, wit, Florida scenery, Florida folklore, Florida history, boating, piracy, friendship, fatherhood, fishing, sharkfishing, beer drinking, moonshine sipping, and Caribbean voodoo from finding out.