Two people stranded on an island struggle to
survive-and slowly fall in love-in the runaway New York
Times bestseller from the author of the forthcoming novel
Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in
need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a
relationship that's going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend
the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old
T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in
remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his
parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching
up on all the school he missed last year.
Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan's
summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives' twelve hundred
islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in
shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover
that they're stranded on an uninhabited island.
At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to
weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other
obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers
lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could
return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna
begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living
with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.