There's a nice human quality to this story of Bennetts island, a community of Maine lobetermen with the Bennett's and their five children, as the most highly regarded members. This is the story of their feud with the Birds, and in particular with Simon, who wanted Joanna but couldn't have her. It is the story of Charles' marriage which met with disapproval, of Owen's wild activities; but it is mainly the story of Joanna, her marriage to Alec, charming, gay but with a weakness for cards which destroyed her security, and left her with debts when he dies. Finally, the break-up of the island group, as lobsters get scarce, prices go down and a fire completes the destruction. Some years later Joanna goes back, and finds Nils, who had always loved her, and the two stay on together, to rebuild the again. A family story primarily, told with sympathy and steady interest.