John Caldwell developed Palm Island in the Grenadines. It happened like this: I saw an ad for island while on vacation in Barbados. Called him to ask if anyone had written his story. They had, and he had partly in "Desperate Voyage," a sailing classic about his sailing alone to Australia after the war, into a storm, to meet his wife. He later sailed with his family around the world from Los Angeles, ending up in the Grenadines, where he spied an island called Prune and approached the government of St. Vincent to develop it. He got a lease for $1 a year for 99 years, plus 12% of future profits, planted 8000 palm trees by hand, renaming it Palm Island. When I flew there and met him on assignment for Cruising World magazine, there was an independent film company planning to option his story. But it never happened. So I wrote a script, which later became this novel. The Powerball part is fiction loosely based on various lottery stories. Caldwell died, and his sons sold to a development company. It is now an upscale resort, one of the best in the Caribbean. Recommend the flying fish sandwich.