As the subtitle implies, this book is about a whole lot more than life on a commercial fishing vessel. There's plenty of adventure and shenanigans like you'd expect, but it's interspersed with some fascinating detail about the important duties of a fisheries observer and the inner workings of a factory ship. The book also explores the complicated dynamics of the author's family life growing up, which serves to reinforce the overarching theme of inner strength and self reliance. Worry not though - the book never gets too heavy. There's plenty of humor and energy to keep the pages turning effortlessly.