Way Under Contract was originally written and published in 2000, long before Hurricane Charley ripped into the barrier islands of Southwest Florida in 2004. The hurricane described in the book more closely resembled Hurricane Katrina, which was a much larger and more powerful storm. Although some of the real estate terms have changed since the book was first published more than a decade ago, the human drama that is the backbone of this story, sadly remains the same.
The author got much of his inspiration from a Rudyard Kipling story, which was also made into a feature film, titled "The Man Who Would be King." In Way Under Contract that man is Adam Bartlett, an arrogant, self-enthralled real estate agent who has to come to terms with the raw forces of mother nature. This is a story that has been told and will be retold for as long as mankind walks this planet.