'She had always thought of love as something confused and furtive, and he made it as bright and open as the summer air'
Seventeen-year-old Charity Royall is desperate to escape life with her hard-drinking adoptive father. Their isolated New England village stifles her, and his behaviour increasingly disturbs her. When a young city architect visits for the summer, it offers Charity the chance for adventure, even hope for a new life. But as they embark on an intense affair, will it bring her freedom, or another kind of trap?