A first-person account of Chesapeake Bay bounty being harvested and provided to the national market is related by Capt. Joe Lore of Solomon's Island along with an interview with his father, Capt. J. C. Lore, Sr., from 50 years earlier. Pepper Langley relished his days of establishing his own business after his high school commencement speaker told him he had a gold mine in his backyard.
Billie Challinor's mother dies during an air raid, but the child grows up confident that in her jazz musician father, Chas, she has the best dad in the world. They seek refuge from the London Blitz by moving to Leeds, where kindly landlady Liz Morris befriends them: the scarred, wisecracking man who isn't afraid to overstep the mark if the cause is a good one and his clever and resilient little girl.
All three of The Chesapeake collection of tall tales, fishing stories, and tidewater turmoil are combined in one set.