Jean's accidental meeting with Marie has him thinking this daring lady with the green eyes is a lady of the night. His being twice her age does not stop the intrigued Marie from becoming attracted to the fisherman, who isn't afraid to come to her aid when she needs, although she knows what he thinks she is, . one of "those" women. It isn't long before love blossoms and they marry. Their destiny takes them to his island in the sea, his Spanish Land Grant, where their short life together produces three children. Only one child survives to go on to carry on the family name. That child, Jean Joseph Voisin Jr., (JJ), is burdened early on in his life by the loss of his mother and his namesake Jean Voisin Sr. He is raised by his Aunt Mary's family. He later realizes, as he's embarking on manhood, life as a commercial fisherman and landowner on the island inherited from his father, would have no meaning without the love of his life, his aunt Mary's daughter, Amelie. "The Shadow of the Trade Winds" backdrop is one of the barrier islands of South Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.