by Terry Noble
It was the 1950's, and the violent one-hundred-year struggle for control of Chesapeake Bay's oysters was still raging. Terry Noble was growing up idyllically in the fishing village of Oriole, Maryland, while his father battled poachers to protect the Bay's last oyster beds. A gun shot, piercing the river darkness, changed the family forever. Faced with the prospect of a hard life as a waterman, Terry chose another path. Supported by a determined mother and a marvelous cast of mentors, he fought to turn his dream into reality. Despite thieves, business setbacks, and injury, he persevered and managed to have fun along the way. The pages of this book are rich with the natural history of crabs, oysters and the men who caught them. Interwoven are delightful stories of boyhood scrapes, high school life, big fish and a host of watery escapades. Complimenting it all are the poignant moments with sick animals and the inspiring veterinarian who made them well. This heartwarming, often humorous tale, told with the Chesapeake as its backdrop, illuminates a unique time and place while offering valuable lessons for today.