Sam Tibbits loves life — especially life at Piddock Beach, where his family spends their vacations. It’s here that he’s come to care for Aubrey, his childhood confidante. So the year Aubrey’s family moves away with no forwarding address, Sam is crushed. He was going to propose. Aubrey McCart enjoys being with Sam; he accepts her unconditionally like her father never has. But when her father’s pride and joy — her brother — is killed in Vietnam, Aubrey is unable to cope. She chooses a path that changes her life forever, leading her away from Sam.
Years later, when Sam and Aubrey find themselves back at Piddock Beach, the two are forced to confront their abandoned friendship and make peace with their lives. But can they do so without overstepping their moral boundaries?