These are novels of the adventures of teenage Joe Bass growing up along the Delaware Bay. Exciting action is balanced with full-bodied characterization. The stories have a great deal of practical mechanics in them: mechanics of moving houses on land and water, hauling and unloading logs, starting an old airplane, keeping old trucks and tractors running, salvaging old boats, making lumber, and general upkeep of practically everything. And there is humor, teenage insights into adult reactions, and social commentary. The series is presented from Joe's perspective, and his outgoing personality includes a genial humor and a perception that accepts reality and eagerly embraces the opportunities that come his way. The series is marked by a number of productive relationships between Joe and men well beyond retirement age. Mosquito Point is a story that develops when Joe takes a small job helping an arthritic old boat builder replace some rotten boards in his house. The two begin to build a boat together, then Joe gets involved in trying to find out what happened to the old man's daughter many years ago. She was an early environmentalist and raised a lot of questions about the spraying of DDT around the bay. She was a strong swimmer but was found drowned. There was foul play involved; Joe is very surprised by the developments.