Gestating beneath the sea, a young mountain erupts over millions of years and rears its peak above the waters. Fragile and vulnerable to the effects of heat, cold, wind and lapping waves, its rock eventually crumbles into soft rich soil and it becomes habitable to man. Keoki and his people ""steer straight for the break in the coral reef"" and land their ca on the island they will soon cultivate. Like the beckoning call of Ball hai, the island's cry is almost audible and its conception almost animate. With science and poetry, the author describes a thrilling phenomenon and the illustrator (Marllyn Miller) artfully depicts it in graceful brush strokes-- 3 colors and black and white.