The main character is an old Cuban man, called Santigo who wasn't caught any fish for several months. He usually works with his assistant Manolin, except one day that Manolin works with another boat. The day in which Manolin works in another boat, Santiago goes out to sea to try his luck. After spending a lot of time in the sea, he gets big a fish to take the bait.
My view is opinion is that the old man doesn't give up until he catches the fist and proves to those who diden't trust him that they were wrong.
In my opinion it is a good novel because it is a book that leave has a moral, it teaches us to give up and trust our abilities