Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, on the beach beside
her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift
from the sea-an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant''s identity
cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria''s loving family. But
her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria.
Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual,
ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory
Taylor, a friend from Daria''s childhood and now a television
producer, returns at Shelly''s request to do a story about the
circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in
the small town of Kill Devil Hills.
The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny
community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that
long-ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of
summer''s child is being exposed, a mystery that no one
involved-not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory-is prepared to face.