They called themselves "The Castaways". They were a close knit group of four successful
couples living in Nantucket: the MacEvoys (a music teacher with a dubious reputation), the
Kapenishes, the Drakes (the voluptuous Delilah married to the staid farmer Jeffrey), and
The MacAvoys' marriage is strained. In hopes of settling their problems they set out in
their sailboat to celebrate their coming anniversary. They mysteriously drown, leaving behind
two small children. Their deaths tear the couples apart, bringing to the surface long concealed
relationships and conflicts. There are questions about the deaths which must be resolved by
examining all their lives.
The Castaways is a tale of relationships and friendships. The lovely Nantucket
background is beautifully described. The relationships between the couples is discussed with
much emphasis on the stress in women's lives.