Surrounded by mansions, beautiful beaches, and The Tennis Hall of Fame, I drew the inspiration for this book. Many years ago, I fell deeply in love with Newport, Rhode Island, the city by the sea. As a child, I was taken in by a family member who resided at one of the many beautiful estates, Chateau sur Mer - an estate located along the infamous Bellevue Avenue. The structure maintains its original name today, which translated means, Castle by the Sea and is one of the many, stunning homes w owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County and open for public visitation as a museum. My uncle, James B. Hook, was the chauffeur at Chateau sur Mer for 45 years for the Wetmore family. During my time with he and his family, I was exposed to a unique subculture of American history. My fascination with Newport grew as I learned about the area; its history, culture and inhabitants. The castle, or mansion, boasting 17 manicured acres and many interior rooms, required a large staff to maintain the property. Most of the staff were foreign-born; however, my uncle was one of the fortunate few who were native to New England. It was at this castle that I spent every summer for the first 17 years of my life and developed my life-long attachment to Newport.