||Book one : Northeast. The Gulf of Maine -- Ogunquit -- Cape Cod Bay -- Shores of three continents -- South of Block -- Book two : Northwest. Yaquina Head -- Yachats -- Valley of Giants, mountains of gods -- On the ground -- Astoria -- Columbia Gorge -- The Dalles and Umatilla -- Golden State -- Book three : Far Pacific. Malakal -- Korror -- Ollei -- Hong Kong -- Sulu -- Epilogue. "To understand the connections between the sea and our own survival, Carl Safina, a world-respected scientist and fisherman, probes for truth in this tour of the oceans and their peoples. Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author's exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea's abyssal depths. Carl Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery beneath the world's changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, political analysis, and science into a story about the human condition." "We accompany people whose lives and occupations in and by the oceans unfold in a drama of clashing personal histories and daily struggles for existence." "We learn of greed and excess relationships little different from nineteenth century plunder that destroyed the buffalo. As with the moon's effect on tides, Safina demonstrates that today's unregulated global economy exerts a tremendous pull on the world's oceans. But we also read dramatic and hopeful stories of the seas's revival and replenishment. In the end, we find reasons for hopefulness in unlikely places - a dangerous, heavily armed fishing village on a remote island near the Indonesian border and in the waters of the Atlantic, where the striped bass have undergone an astounding revival."--Jacket.