This is the story of the man who built and kept the St. Simon's Light and of his love for a wealthy young lady. James Gould is sort of an everyday Joe who ends up carving a lasting life in coastal Georgia. Gould's story is intertwined not only with St Simons and Georgia but with the post revolutionary United States. The scene in the book in which the lighting of the lighthouse is celebrated is one that I still remember, and it's been years. Price's older works are better and this is one of them.