*An unusual and atmospheric story which expresses simply and richly the meaning of Christmas, and the beauty and power of the sea. When Aunt Martha, whose husband used to tend the light on lonely Tern Rock, and her young nephew Ronnie agreed to pinch hit for the lighthouse keeper it was understood that Mr. Flagg would return to take them back to the mainland in time for Christmas. When Aunt Martha and Ronnie discover, however, that Mr. Flagg is not coming back in time for Christmas and that he had deliberately broken his promise, Ronnie is very disgruntled indeed. Imagine Christmas without parties and presents! But it is Aunt Martha's gentle insistence that the ""heart's got to be clean and ready for Christmas"", and the loveliness of Christmas Eve at sea which convinces Ronnie that he wants to be right where he is for Christmas. There is no preaching -- the author has let the lighthouse, the sea and the Christmas message work their spell.