The year is 1987, and twelve-year-old Agnes Pflumm is about to come face to face with the toughest questions of her life:

 

Is it cheating if your father does your science project for you?

 

Will Lydia ever speak to her again?

How can you create a Mountains to the Sea field guide?

 

 

                               Will she and her family survive the fury of Hurricane Paula?

                           

 

                            SHOULD AGNES TELL EDWARD SHE LIKES HIM?

 

 Will she ever see anything but water when she closes her eyes?

It’s a year that will change Agnes’s life forever –a year of discovery of South Carolina, of science and art, indecision, and new beginnings. 

Even her beloved barrier island home will never be the same again.