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The story is set during World War II, on Killakeet Island, off the coast of North Carolina. The Island is the home of the Killakeet Light, which the Thurlow family has taken care of for generations. Jack Thurlow has always hoped one of his sons would take over for him when he died. But a tragic accident, swept his young son Jake away in a small boat in a storm. The other son Josh was blamed for the incident. Josh has never come to grips with the incident and cannot stay on Killakeet. He joins the navy and serves in Alaska. He is suddenly called home due to a fake summons by the island doctor who said his father was gravely ill. His father really wants him to try to convince Josh to stay at Killakeet. The rest of the town wants him to hook up with his old school chum, Doasie, a headstrong young woman. But then World War II interrupts and Josh is busy fighting German submarines with his coast guard cutter. Will Josh survive long enough to find out what really happened to his brother, make peace with his father, and fall in love with Doasie? Though the characters are fictional, the story is based on actual fighting that took place on the east coast during WWII.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   father Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   actions leading to death of someone Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW II

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship    -   submarining Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Atlantic Ocean Island

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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