This is the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the ways in which their lives were influenced by their summer home on Campobello Island. It is a personal history that examines the Roosevelts' background and traditions, and explores their public trials, tragedies and triumphs as well as the frustrations and disappointments of their private lives. Campobello played a vital role in the formation of character for both Franklin and Eleanor, and provided them with physical challenge and emotional solace. It was at Campobello that Franklin was felled by polio, the most defining event in both their private lives and public careers. Their story is peppered with anecdotes, personal letters, and the reminiscences of the aides, friends, and family who played important parts in their lives.