Kay Howard, an American woman, struggles to fulfill the life-long dream of her husband, Claude, to live on a Caribbean Island. In her book she tells of their brush with death by starvation and exposure. She shares the joy of the discovery of their private waterfall, the nutmeg grove, and the cocoa trees. Kay shares their intimate moments as she names three babies, plays dominoes by candle light, attends three funerals and helps build their home on top of a mountain during gale force winds. She also reveals how they happen to have a spiral staircase covered with marijuana leaves, why her finger-nail was deliberately jerked out and why a dentist pulled eight teeth without her permission. She tells about being stung by killer bees, attacked by a vampire, arrested by communist soldiers, and dancing all night with the Prime Minister at the Evening Palace. Kay reveals the mental anguish her family suffered when their adopted daughter is burned alive. She tells of the humiliation that they endured when an official from the American Embassy tells them he was of the opinion that Grenada should go communist for the 'good of the people.'
These are just a few of the experiences depicted in this unusual story, told with humor, compassion, love and honesty.