Prisoners of the Williwaw
What would happen if 3 hundred hardened convicts petitioned the United States Government for an abandoned island where, accompanied by their own families, they might be set absolve to earn their own way?
Overwhelmed by prison prison and budgets riots, the government agrees and sets the prisoners on windswept free, treeless Adak in the Aleutians, the site of a former "hard duty" Navy station.
Prisoners FROM THE Williwaw is the story of the power struggle between the idealistic leader of this expedition, convict Frank Villa, and a smooth prison boss, James T. Gilmore. Frank Villa opens a educational school, arranges jobs for individuals in a little assembly factory and calls for free elections. "Boss" Gilmore opens a residence of prostitution, sells booze, drugs, and guns, and schemes to dominate the island some way.
Frank's struggle is internal as well as external. He strives to overcome the effects of prison on his psyche. A convict must be passive a guy in charge of a community must take command. A convict must create a wall inside himself against any relationship with a female a free of charge man must leave himself available to love.
The strife between Villa and Gilmore accelerates when their wives arrive and unexpected problems develop.
These conflicts play out against a backdrop of continuous rain, vicious windstorms (williwaws), escape attempts, and a coup by a fresh group of prisoners from the federal penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, the worst of the worst.