Petey is a hard worker and a hard fighter, and there's plenty of need for both on Hunter Island. First, he must save Grandfather's lobster traps from pilfering by the Tates with whom his family has a long-standing feud (Spider Tate killed Petey's Dad in a fight years ago and has just been released from jail). Then there's his girl Sheila (deaf, but pretty) to be defended from the 'drunks her slatternly sisters bring home. In addition, Petey's own brother Leo has to be kept away from the bottle and gambling long enough to finish his garbage collection route. In between violent confrontations Petey does manage to save the 500 dollars he needs to buy back the Wild Wind, the boat which belonged to his father before it was seized to pay funeral costs. The harshness and poverty of the island's environment makes all this surprisingly credible. Despite his age, Petey has no time for the usual adolescent problems; he behaves like a grown-up, and thus there are none of the incongruities one usually finds in action novels with young heroes. A cut above the usual formula adventure.