A mystical land and faerie folk set in a modern world, with war on the horizon. An incredible story, as a Boston writer is wrecked on uncharted islands off the coast of Maine, the August Islands, claimed as a kingdom apart, ruled over benevolently by a scion of the Bourbon line. One son, linked with a group of oddly unpleasant people, has a taint of fascism; the rest, despite modern education and limitless wealth, seem untouched by the corruption of civilization. Things happen fast when Tony falls in love with one of the daughters, and crosses the path of a local villain, Sam; the U.S.N. picks the islands for manoeuvres and orders the ""natives"" off- and Tony brings in forces from the real world. There's a certain unworldly charm about it- sort of today's Graustark.