... had not shone for twenty years. The darkened lighthouse stood a mile off shore on a little island. Summer residents came to live in the house. But nobody lit the light in the tower. And when the geese winged south the summer people deserted the lighthouse. Then a new family -- a little boy, his mother and father -- came. They meant to stay for good. Poetic, fragile, told with feeling, illustrated superbly by Adrienne Adams with the softest of colors and an understated, gentle suggestion of island solitude, this sweetly tells of the Christmas when a light shone again for the fishermen coming back to the harbour. The seas, the skies, the firs of the rocky coast, the island's meadows butterly-dotted in Spring, breakers, seagulls, cranberries and the glow of Christmas -- all are misted with enchantment for a genuine Christmas story.