It is 1932. Polly and her older sister, Maud, travel by train
and boat from Winnipeg to an island between Vancouver and Victoria.
Polly will live with their grandmother, the sisters'' new guardian,
and attend the small school on the island, while Maud will go to
boarding school in Victoria.
Their extended family welcomes the girls warmly. New-school
jitters give way to new friendships and even a new puppy, and
slowly Polly feels that she is becoming part of a larger family she
never knew until now.
But Polly and Maud have a dramatic secret, and they have
promised each other never to tell anyone. A surprise arrival on the
island, however, threatens Polly''s newfound happiness and tests
the bonds of family love. Can Polly keep the secret and her new
life on the island?