The September moon brings a restless combativeness to the young spike buck; it also brings a hurricane to his Connecticut tidal marsh, and though we see him torn between the urge to fight his eight-point elder and a self-protective fear, it is his survival of the storm, and the response of the other shore creatures, that is the focal point here. There is therefore less progression than in some of this series, along with a rather didactic insertion of information throughout. "The weight of the air above him was less than the normal fifteen pounds per square inch. It was down to twelve and depressing to him"--is the first hurricane warning. But it does register the effects of the storm quite thoroughly and may be useful on that account.