Three years have passed since Squid McCrae last saw her parents and the remote island off the coast of British Columbia where she grew up. She returns now at seventeen, a young woman with a daughter in tow. The visit, she knows, will be rough. Lizzie Island-paradise to some, a stifling prison to others-brings an onslaught of memories. It is the place of Squid’s idyllic childhood, where she and her brother, Alastair, explored the abundant natural life, and where they blossomed into precocious adolescents. But Lizzie Island is also the place where Alastair died. Squid blames her parents for Alastair’s death-especially her father, the island’s lightkeeper, a man anchored to his isolated surroundings. He couldn’t accept that Alastair wanted to leave. In fact, he didn’t allow it. Even Squid’s mother’s entreaties on behalf of her son didn’t succeed. And through it all, Squid was both her brother’s fiercest protector and his tormentor. Now the past collides with the present as Squid’s homecoming unleashes bittersweet recollections, revelations, and accusations. But nothing is what it appears to be. No one possesses the complete truth, and no one is without blame.