Leigh Randall plans to stay on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks only as long as it takes to sell her family home. Her memories are not happy, and the locals won't let her forget. But there are at least two people pleased to see Leigh. One is a newcomer - a woman who just might be her mother. And the other is Spencer McKay, Leigh's high school sweetheart. He's back with his teenage son - the child of Leigh's former best friend - and his feelings for Leigh haven't changed. Like the mystery woman, he wants to rehash the past and make sense of what happened all those years ago. Leigh just wants to get on with her life. But something is keeping her on Ocracoke. Something more thant the secret of her birth.