The climax of a story is when the action reaches the highest point of tension. In The Old Man and the Sea, the climax occurs when Santiago kills the marlin and ties it to his boat as he heads to shore. As he heads home, sharks devour his marlin. This is the point at which the action, which has been heading towards Santiago's capture of the marlin after many fruitless days at sea, is at its height. Santiago has gotten what he wanted, but he loses it quickly, as the sharks quickly devour the marlin, leaving only a skeleton. When Santiago arrives home, he falls fast asleep. When Manolin, his young friend and former fishing partner, awakens Santiago, they agree to fish together again. This returns the story to the beginning of the action.