It's summer and the cottages nearby are filled with holidaying guests. As Lucy gets to know the family next door she becomes involved in their research and monitoring of the local loon population. Nate, their son, and Lucy collaborate on a set of photographs in hopes to win a local contest. What begins at first as a way to make her father notice her, ends up being about helping Nate's grandmother, who is dealing with dementia.
This quiet little book is chock filled with beautiful imagery and lessons to be learned. It deals with loss, family relationships, and friendship. It tackles the challenges of trying to live up to other peoples standards. Ultimately the message delivered is revealed in these words:
"Oh people will think what they think!" Grandma Lilah said. "Don't ever choose the people who don't matter over the ones who do."