Phokey's adventures up and down the California coast are quite delightful. That these adventures are based on the life of a real otter makes the story touching and unforgettable. Phokey travels long distances and establishes playful relationships with seals and divers. The amusing part is how often, and cleverly, he outwits the marine biologists who are intent on returning him to where he is supposed to live. The story includes information about Chumash Indians, sea otters, and the struggle to conserve marine life.