Consisting of over a dozen lighthouse stories from centuries back to the present, these take the reader from the stormy coast of the British Isles, to Cape Hatteras, to the Caribbean. The story of how these ""houses without corners"" first came into being in England; and of the dreadful hardships (one lighthouse keeper spent four months cooped up with the corpse of his companion) endured by early light crews. Storms, pirates, lashing winds, loneliness, even attacks by Seminole Indians seemed to have been the lot of lighthouse keepers. Further stories--lighthouse rescue, Eddystone's constant rebuilding, the Diamond Shoals lightship being blown clear inland --show the author's ample range of research and inquiry. The lonely rugged and independent life (not to mention the romance of it) should hold the same appeal to this age group that has been forthcoming for the much older books, Adamson's Keepers of the Lights and Snow's Famous Lighthouses of America.