For generations, the Petersens, Strongs, and Rutherford/Marches—three families tightly intertwined by history, marriage, and career—have spent “the Season” at their adjoining summer cottage compounds on a scythe-like arc of beach on a small island in Washington’s Puget Sound. They arrive just before the Fourth of July and close up the houses again on Labor Day weekend. Over the course of eight weeks of shimmering, sun-bleached days and languid evenings, the women tend to the children and compete at tennis, at water sports, and at reminding the men what they’ve missed when they return from their jobs in Seattle each weekend.
Martha “Pete” Petersen, the last of the Petersens, mother of three and married to Tyler, the last of the Strongs, has been the lynchpin of this rarified group of “summer people” almost from childhood—the tomboy every girl wanted to emulate and now the adult everyone admires…if sometimes jealously.
Colin Ryan, family friend and the island’s veterinarian, met “Pete” first in London, years earlier, when she visited his roommate, Tyler Strong. He’s loved her ever since. Having grown up in “Hell’s Kitchen,” on Manhattan’s west side, he’s spent half a lifetime trying to escape the poverty of his past and is dazzled by what he sees of the luxurious, sun-kissed lives of the summer people.
But even in this idyllic setting, things are seldom as they seem. Currents strong as the moon-driven tides run among these families: jealousies grow, tempers flare, and, like the tectonic plates subducting just off the Pacific Coast, the pressure is building.
Then, on the last day of the latest summer season, a series of betrayals—adultery, assault, the collapse of a family fortune, the sudden end of a legal career, an apparent attempted murder—bring a tsunami of brutality, madness, and tragedy to the beach families, altering their combined histories forever.
As in his previous novels, The Long Walk Home and Water, Stone, Heart, with Seasons’ End, Will North once again weaves vivid settings and memorable characters into a compelling tale of romance and suspense.