up images of child detection, criminals and smuggled but there is a great deal more to this very special book than just adventure. Linda Barker (15) and her brother Buddy (12) are members of a unique family. Caught up in the turmoil of city living all year round, the Barkers retire ""primitive"" Island off Connecticut each summer to unwind, take stock of themselves and rely on little their own resources for amusement. Despite the overt intention, this usually leads is anything but peace and tranquility. The Barkers are too full of fun for that. This summer, the special attraction for Linda is Barry Carson and for Buddy -- boats, and . Their days take particular direction when a strange man is seen around Professor Sain cottage. How the trin clears the professor of incriminating evidence in a jewel smuggling operation is only incidental to the rest of the story. The sister brother dialogue, the relationship between Linda and Barry are consistently photographed from real life, and the atmosphere of the Barker household- however non-conformist-will readers to for more of Island next summer.