An incredible tale, set on a mysteriously isolated island in the Chesapeake, where ghosts still pull the strings of human lives, where revenge and hate outlast a generation and punishment is insidiously prolonged. Even at the close of the story, some of its nuances are still shadowy. The effect is contrived through a rather slow-paced build-up of atmosphere, a haunting sense of impending gloom. The period is more or less contemporary. Sell as a modern ghost story -- as something more than straight mystery.