Swimming is a special art. It is not only a sport or a way to stay afloat; it is also the most immediate experience of water and its variability. John von Düffel, author and long-distance swimmer, accounts for the various contacts of a swimmer with his element, of his exposedness, his triumphs and his isolation. Again and again, feelings of longing and dread overcome the swimmer in the water. Again and again, beauty and danger play off each other. A book to dive into - for swimmers and hydrophobes alike.