Most of John D. MacDonald's novels are set in and around the state of Florida, but for Barrier Island, he moves around the coast to an area off the coastal waters of Mississippi. However, the theme of the story is similar to a lot of his other books: how man's greed is increasingly destroying the natural beauty of the world. In Barrier Island, a shady land developer named Loomis has concocted a scheme to bilk the government out of a lot of money by selling lots on a barrier island which he knows can never be developed. His plan might have worked if not for the actions of a real-estate developer named Rowley who grows suspicious of the deal and sets out to thwart Loomis' evil plans.
This report prepared by Bill Brumlow