The Fulfords, who are Puffer, a newsman from New York, his Jamaican born wife Helen and their two children- Jane, 13, and David, 15, visit Helen's family near Kingston on the first leg of their Caribbean journey. There the kids, who are bright, learn a lot from their friendly cousins the Bannisters as well as from the grown ups they meet. Informative conversation, which sparks all projects from shopping sprees to visiting a banana plantation, covers everything from the labor politics of Mr. Bustamante and the population problem to native songs and dances. For the rest of the journey, Puffer and the children go off alone, leaving Helen with her long missed family, and their route covers rewarding stops at Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad. In each place there are acquaintances to look up and comparisons to make as Jane, David and Puffer each have their own frank impressions of politics, social life, and the surrounding scenery that is quite vividly described. A good addition to the series.