Joseph Conrad (3 Dec 1857 – 3 Aug 1924) was an English writer of Polish origin and though he wrote his works in English he always considered himself a Pole. His stories often have nautical setting which is a typical feature of adventure stories. A symbolic meaning can be found in this idea: the author traces the fates of people in the indifferent and strange world. The Shadow-Line is a novel by Joseph Conrad. The story follows an anonymous protagonist, a young man travelling by the sea. He came aboard as a mere boy, but circumstances forced him to become a captain of the ship. The journey promises to be long and with no chance to return as the same man as he departed. What marks shall the fate leave on him, as he walks the shadow-line between a boy and a man? Read and find out!