This is an affectionate look at the natural beauty of Martha s Vineyard. It has been a prized vacation retreat since the Civil War. In more recent times, it has been the site of the Summer White House for Presidents Clinton and Obama.
The surprising truth about the author's favorite season comes out in a selection about autumn colors. Winter, "When the Island takes on new and mysterious contours in snow," makes animal tracks visible, but ice doesn't keep otters out of Island ponds.