Another windblown drama of Bennett's Island (a trilogy precedes this) where deliberate and obdurate men, and their patient women, make a precarious livelihood from the sea. It is there that Philippa Marshall, widowed during the war, comes as the new teacher- and unknowingly precipitates the feud between the Bennetts, and the Campions, who have been crowding them for some time. Philippa is able to align two truant children and to ease the way for the return of the Websters- branded as not very ""bright"" and plagued by Perley, Foss Campion's vicious stepson; she is able to deflect the adulation of young Charles Bennett, and as she does so, recognize her own feelings for his uncle, Steve. But when Perley attacks both Steve and Philippa- and the tension extends to a lobster war- the lesson is learned in terms of lives... This inbred, island life, its elemental pressures- and passions- more or less domesticated for a feminine audience which is hers, kin to Ruth Moore's.