Eking out a living through farming rocky fields, raising sheep, and rescuing ""wrack"" or goods and timbers from shipwrecks has produced a close-mouthed, fiercely loyal, self-sufficient, hardy breed of men in the off-islands of Ireland. The wreck of the Coriander off Innishgillan, an island near Galway, triggers a tale told with the lilting rhythm and imagery of Irish speech. Young Pat and his friend, Roddy, are involved in the kidnapping of a doctor, the mystery of some disappearing sheep, and a feud with the inhabitants of a nearby island. This is an outstanding story which captures the life and flavor of the islanders and the loyalty engendered by common hardship, effort and joy. Pat might easily take his place with Tom Sawyer and Jamie MacPheeters for he seems to be their Gaelic counterpart.