The preceding night a fog as palpable as cotton had hung suspended over Island County. Later it gently separated at the seams and became vast billows traveling above the sea instead of a still white miasma. Around the launch as it churned toward the Susan Marie the last remnants of this night fog sailed and drifted in shreds of vapor toward the sun's heat (Guterson, ch. 2).
The mood of this passage can BEST be described as