Based on the letters "Anguish" and "Perishing of the Reef" from the collection of short stories "Letters from the Island of the Insane" by Juhan Smuul.
Martin Puri is an elderly fisherman who is told to retire because of his old age by their chief fisherman August on a beautiful fishing day. Every now and then, Martin's fellow fishermen have saved him from hard work; however, every generation of the fishing people of the village has always known that they cannot be forced to be separated from the sea. At sea, one has to possess more than physical strength. When a group of people has to be saved from a boat in an autumn storm, Martin understands that one cannot act against the sea but together with it.