In 1940 two remarkable men, both with a passion for life, set sail on a sardine boat for a 4000 mile voyage. They left Monterey in California to explore the Sea of Cortez. Together they shared a gift of the gab, a keen eye for observation, a love of words and a reverence for all living things. One was Ed Ricketts, a talented young biologist, the other was Pulitzer prize-winning writer, John Steinbeck. Howard Stableford travels to Rickett's old lab on Cannery Row in California to find out about this extraordinary friendship and the deep impact it had on both men.