Well known for her Bennett Island trilogy set in Maine, Elisabeth Ogilvie contributes a period novel of the island family to Scribner's series of stories built around the states' entries into the Union. This time it is the account of a hard but exciting year at home for young Jamie Bennett whose father has disappeared at sea. As the man of the house Jamie must bear the responsibilities of fishing and farming to keep his family clothed and fed. He must reckon with a lazy brother Larkin, turn down (temporarily) a chance to learn shipping, and play his important part in the catching of some wreckers who threaten to blot Maine's good record as a state-before his father returns. A warm story with romantic appeal, this has less political background than previous books in the series (see p. 542, 1953 for reports).