Old Man and the Sea Summary
Santiago has gone 84 days without catching a fish. Santiago makes a living by catching fish. Not good.
The other fishermen consider Santiago bad luck, all except his young friend Manolin, whose father refuses to allow him to fish with the old man on account of his bad luck. Despite his old age and his perceived bad luck, Santiago remains optimistic. He sails far out in the sea, too far he later admits, beyond the others, in order to garner a prize catch.
He eventually hooks a huge marlin, who Santiago respects as a worthy opponent. The two battle each other, isolated from all help. After three days of suffering Santiago reals in the marlin, ties it to the side of his skiff, and heads to land.
Then come the sharks.
Sharks enjoy a tasty marlin. They are attracted by the smell of marlin blood and nibble away at Santiago's prize catch. Santiago fights them off but is unable to save his vanquished marlin from the predatory sharks. He arrives home safely with nothing but the skeletal remains of one of the greatest fish ever caught and the honor of having fought valiantly in the face of certain defeat.