By Randy Wayne White

Former executive agent-turned-marine biologist document Ford unearths himself not able to keep up his neutrality while a conflict among Florida's recreation and advertisement fishermen escalates into arson and homicide. by means of the writer of Sanibel residences.

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The name's not familiar. It took us about an hour to count heads, me and the others from the marina. Make sure it wasn't one of us. " Jackson had the soft, rounded speech pattern of the southern regions of the Middle Atlantic. " He said, "Yeah. " He told me about finding a boat with a commercial sticker hidden in the mangroves; they had traced the numbers. As I listened, I guessed he was from Virginia, maybe Maryland. Hadn't been here long; wasn't familiar with the agricultural and fishing island of Sulphur Wells.

Sure we will, Doc, sure. " When her door closed, I punched the throttle, wheeling my skiff around on its own length. Looked up to see several of the fishing guides— Jeth Nicholes, Nelson Esterline, Felix Blane—staring at me, probably wondering why I was kicking up a wake. " "Yeah, I guess I am. " Nels said, "What'a you got to be mad about? They didn't burn your boat. I'm the one's got a right to be mad. Me and Felix both. " I'd meant to talk to them about losing their boats. " "They said two, but it'll be more like four.

The whole scene. Trust me. " I thought: So are you, Tomlinson. So are you. But I didn't swing out of bed on a cold January morning in the hope of contacting Tomlinson's deep-space kindred. He's a believer; I'm not. However, one of my journals promised there was an interesting planetary oddity to be seen in the pre-dawn sky. Venus was in apogee and, over the period of a few days, would seem to pass in front of Jupiter. I'm not an astronomer. It's a sometimes hobby. Over the years, I've acquired a working knowledge of the night sky because my poor sense of direction has gotten me lost often enough to know that stars are handy navigational aids—that, plus it makes me uneasy to see something over and over again that can't be identified.

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