This is the 2nd of the 12 "Swallows and Amazons" books, and one of our family favorites.The Walker children return to the Lake District for their summer holidays, just as they did in "Swallows and Amazons". Great plans are made to camp together with the Blackett girls together on Wild Cat Island. However tragedy strikes when the good boat Swallow is shipwrecked!So sailing and camping on the island plans must change while Swallow is repaired. The adventurers turn their sailing misfortune into a land based adventure when they discover a wonderful hidden camp area that they name "Swallowdale". A cross-country hike up a mountain that they have named Katechenjunga, a hike through the fog, and the difficulties of the Blackett sisters in joining them because of the arrival of their Great Aunt make adventures upon adventures throughout the book! And at the end Swallow is repaired and a race around the lake to see who is the fastest ship and the best crew tops off this wonderful story.I recommend this book very highly as well! Once you start reading these books, it is hard to stop!