On the coast of Maine live the four Judson brothers, each with his own boat, his own lobster traps, and his own idea of what a family is. For Rafe and his supporter Cleon, brotherly bonds should consist of money and power. For the sake of creating an absolutely Judson territory, any unscrupulous means is justified. When Finn, the youngest Judson, refuses to join the united family front against all independent fishermen and landowners in the area, a fraternal vendetta is instituted against him and Roy, the other brother still afflicted with a moral sense. Finn remains true to his convictions and peaceably manages his own sweet revenge. In the end Finn gets the family island, a widowed newcomer as a wife, and sundry intangible rewards for virtue. The descriptions of the traditional community of Maine lobstermen are genuine and the conflict, while basic, is convincing. This writer tells a predictable story for a predicated audience.