"...I think a fisher should be master on the water, like the farmer is on his land. A Soviet fisherman should produce fish as well as catch it. Get me?" says Antropov, one of the fishermen described by Vitali Zakrutkin. Floating Stanitsa is a tale of post-war life in a small collective fishery on the Don, about Soviet fishermen who replace the old predatory fishing methods by new and progressive ones. The book highlights the achievements of Soviet pisciculturists and the joint efforts of fisheries and piscicultural research institutions. Vasili Zubov, the young inspector, Grunya Prokhorova, a pisciculturist, Stepan Khudyakov, a fisherman, and Vitya Sazonov, who dreams of becoming a scientist, are representatives of the enthusiastic new generation of fishermen who in close collaboration with science are bound to refashion fish husbandry and the life of the collective fishery on advanced lines. Vitali Zakrutkin lives on the Don, and is a great friend of Cossack fishermen, whose life forms the chief subject of his writings.