Charleston socialites Billy and Dee DeLoach lose their family wealth in a land development venture gone sour. Reduced to living as tenants in a small house on the Edisto Island plantation, they find the ties that bind them unraveling fast.

Teenage DeVeaux is the only family member with a scrap of sanity left. Her faith in the face of adversity becomes an anchor the others unwittingly rely upon. Is the weight too much for a young girl?

Or will she help them see God's grace in the wild beauty of their island home? Hart's expert rendering of Low Country culture and setting provides an intriguing framework for her incisive literary style. This is not a feel-good novel, but a survival tale with a tang of hope as sharp as the salt-sea air. (Jul., 320 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson