This is the story of the Sinclair family - a wealthy east coast family that owns a private island off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. Cadence (Cady) Sinclair Eastman is the main character and storyteller. Something terrible has happened to her, but we don't know what it is and have to piece her story together, as she does, with memories of summers on the island. The ending is utterly shocking when the truth is discovered.
I am not usually a fan of poetry, but this book is an exception. Many forms of poetry are used to tell the story of Matthew Shepherd, the University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten and left to die on a fence post in October 1998, merely because he was gay. The poet, Lesléa Newman, writes poems from the perspective of various people involved, as well as inanimate objects (ie. the fence, the road). The result is incredibly moving.