After a year in New York
City and before returning to their home in Connecticut,the Austin family goes to Seven Bay Island to spendthe summer, where Vicky's grandfather lives and is asummer preacher. Death looms over the family the entire summer -- first with Commander Rodney's death soon after their arrivalon the island and withthe looming death of their grandfather whois dyingof Leukemia. Eachof them copes with it in adifferent way,
Zachary Gray, the troubled and Vicky
struggles along withthe helpof Adam Eddington,a friend of her brother's whois spending the summer working at the marine biology station on the island. He invites herto help him with the wilddolphins he is building a relationship with, Basil and Norberta. Add some distractions in the form of Leo Rodney and Zachary Gray, two boys seeking Vicky's affection and her own growing feelings for Adam, andVicky has an eventful summer. But in the end, it's something far greater that helps her cometo terms with death.