On a small stretch of untamed coast, five old clapboard houses gaze out to sea. Fourteen year old May Duhane, arriving with her father and sister for the summer, feels isolated and resentful. Leonie Beam, staying in the neighbouring houses with her husband's family, shares May's isolation for she is unhappy in her marriage. She confides in Elizabeth Newton, an aging widow who keeps the beach's secrets. Meanwhile May discovered the diary of a dead girl, her own oage. To unravel its story she must immerse herself in the past. As she does so, she begins to feel she is destined to follow in the dead girl's footsteps.
Rosie Thomas writes for magazines and newspapers as well as her fiction. When not writing she spends her time travelling and mountaineering. In 1997 she competed in the Peking to Paris Motor Rally, and she has climbed Mont Blanc as well as travelling to Everest and the Antarctic.