The story is compact, but all the characters have been drawn out skillfully. It seemed like a play because of good dialogue and descriptions of movements. There is mounting tension and a sense of danger and awful hovering despair. Love is trying to save the day, but in the end, it could not trump the two main character's need for a bond that will never be completed. The boat captain could not control his boat, nor can he control what will happen to his crew.
This story is incredibly well written and beautiful. Echoes of Hemingway: elephants, Africa, Kilimanjaro.