Florida somehow seems a region which lends itself to translation into words. Here again it has been done vividly, unforgettably. A story in the Faulkner-Caldwell tradition, without the ultra-sordidness, and with perhaps a bit of the tenderness of Marjoris Rawlings. An earthy tale of Florida crackers, of men and women who depend on fishing off the keys for a living. Of a young girl dumped on the hands of some toughs. One, an alligator hunter wants her for himself; her heart is set on a conch boy, and she get him, only to lose him when the 'gator hunter kills him, and is in turn killed. Local Justice outside the law -- with emotions at low pitch. Well done, with an indefinable quiet strength. A good yarn.