"He found it in that space, in that thin, impossible line between the sea and the sky.
Robert K. Wallace captured his white whale, his life's work, in the Puget Sound of his youth. This is where he witnessed the sun rise and the sun set from the deck of the tugboat he worked on during college breaks.
'(Herman) Melville just captured that part of the world so much, the rhythms of nature,' he said.
And this is where author Melville first spoke to him. Where Wallace maps the beginnings of the expansive research, writing and teaching that has established the Northern Kentucky University professor as one of the world's foremost 'Moby-Dick' experts."