They say that bad news comes in threes – and for Emilia Tóibín, this is an understatement.
The anniversary of her son’s death, her husband’s affair, and a scathing separation. All on her 30th birthday.
In sorrow’s wake, she leaves her editorial job behind, packs a single suitcase, and exchanges Manhattan – and the past twelve years – for her long-abandoned and deceivingly idyllic hometown of Montauk.
There, on the beachfront, she meets a boy. They share a single night together. And she believes, like everything else, that she’ll never see him again.
When she takes accepts an impromptu position as a Creative Writing teacher at the local high-school, she sees a way to begin picking up the pieces. A new life chapter. A chance to heal.
But when a familiar face appears in her classroom – the boy from the beach, Bryan Thorn – everything changes.
She is broken. He is troubled. And despite the whispers, pain, and the shared pasts that threaten to destroy them both – neither can keep themselves away.