Barbara Carder The 'theme' of the novel is 100% exhibited in the characters' interactions, thoughts and actions - it is a fantastic book for its ability to let the characters speak for themselves, to each other and less to the 'audience' whoever that may be. . . . i.e. the 'theme' is a depiction of a drama on an island that seems to be 'forgotten' by modern culture but is alive and, like everyone, struggling.