A likeable, straightforward story, set against the background of island life off the coast of Maine. Edgar loses his father by drowning, and is taken to the unfamiliar life of Boston by a summer resident, a spinster, who tries to make him adjust himself to a world he cannot understand. Eventually, the pull of his homeland wins out and the makes the wise decision through the help of the ""right girl"". Contrast of simple life, the art of boatbuilding, and seafaring people with the upper brackets of Boston society life. Good tale.