Elizabeth Sheridan begins her second summer with her adoptive family with high hopes, anticipating long days at the beach, swimming in the ocean. But it looks like there might be stormy weather.
Adam, the oldest Sheridan cousin, just finished high school with a rough final year—especially in the aftermath of a tragic car accident—and is withdrawn and angry. Once she gets down to her beloved beach, which itself is endangered by pollution, Elizabeth discovers she’s still afraid of the ocean despite months of swimming lessons. Petey, the youngest of the cousins, is worried about Adam and Elizabeth both, and even Grandma, the strong-as-iron matriarch, is troubled.
As events from the outside world intrude on the close-knit, sturdy Sheridan family, Elizabeth, always observant and perceptive from the sidelines, realizes she needs to act.
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“Told with a fine-tuned empathy for the main characters . . . The resolutions to the various story threads are realistically joyful and bittersweet.”