Here is a Caribbean the tourist never sees. M. Puissesseau, reporter of took an island vacation under the guidance of one or other of a sad triumverate, consisting of Cutter, Mist' Willy or Pat, the American; he learned their moribund dreams of fortune and adventure through smuggling, and their subsequent disillusion. They took him to see the Poor-Whites, descendants of ""old freebooters, first colonists and miserable girls"" of the 17th and 18th centuries; they showed him island slums cheek and jowl with the glamor that is the usual compensation of these magic islands. On the forgotten isles of St. Kitts, Charlestowne and others, off the tourist beat, he sensed the shadow of death and hunger, the constant threat of danger as hurricanes hovered near or beat upon them in fury and rage. Here is an off-beat adventure travelogue, which may be read as story or description, and which overrides the often dark side of life, with its poetic handling.