Enis St. John is a president emeritus of the College of Southern Maryland, similar to the main character in Trinity Island, Dr. Charles Abell. St. John has written and published two other works, Tobacco Styx Bridge and Cuckold Creek; Trinity Island is the third novel in his Southern Maryland trilogy. He lives on the water in Southern Maryland, in the vicinity of Cobb Island.
During one hot summer, Charles Abell, college president, escapes the strictures of his position to teach writing in an arts program on Trinity Island. Little does he realize that, by the time summer ends, he will have completely reexamined his life.
Observing the students’ exuberance, imagination, and passionate relationships, Charles grasps that he has long since lost the poetry in his own soul. Does he possess the courage to overthrow convention for a life of creativity? In Luke, an aspiring writer, Charles sees the reflection of himself as a young man, and, in the aging and resident playwright, Maestro, the possibility of the man he could become.
Just as Luke must confront the dilemma between his all-consuming love affair and his dream of a dazzling writing career, Maestro must decide whether to finally let go of the three loves of his life. From the idealistic hopes of young adulthood to the introspection of a life fullfilled, Trinity Island depicts Charles’ journey towards self-acceptance and authentic manhood.