Nantucket Island is a perfect place to grow up, and Penny,a talented vocalist and her twin Hobby, a superb athlete, have been raised on the island by their single mother Zoe. Their friendships are life-long and the adults of the tight-knit community know each other and the island teens well. On a high school graduation night, a terrible accident involving Penny and Hobby, and two of their friends takes place, leaving one in a coma, one dead, and two others emotionally scarred. In the aftermath of the accident, adults and children must cope with grief, secrets and questions. The characters are well-developed and the story alternates being told from the point of view of several different characters, with characters slowly revealing their secrets as well as eventually, the cause of the accident. Summerland is a poignant, touching novel that deals with the strength that community and family can impart in times of crisis–an uplifting story of courage and healing.