This story begins and ends with a stubborn 17 year old girl named Ronnie. She lives with her mother and younger brother and lives a perfectly normal life. One summer, her mother unexpectedly decides to send Ronnie and her brother to visit her dad for the summer. Their father had left the family randomly when Ronnie was still young. She does not want to visit him because she feels abandoned by him. For the first few days at her father's beachhouse, Ronnie rebels. She hardly speaks to her father and doesn't try to make friends with anyone at all. When she finally gives up on that, she meets a new friend who gets her into lots of trouble. Nothing seems to be working out for Ronnie and her summer. One day, something almost magical happened. While walking along a beach she stumbles across a racoon eating some eggs. They were turtle eggs. Animal loving Ronnie made a cage to protect the eggs by using a shopping cart and slept outside guarding them. The next morning some more help finally came along. This help was a young man Ronnie's age. And they instantly had a connection. They then became inseperable. Ronnie was always with her new man, and he was always with her no matter what.
The romance continues throughout the book, only as their summer connection and bond grows stronger. Ronnie begins to talk with her father. Growing closer with him each day, not only through words but especially through music. One day Ronnie, her brother, father, and beloved boyfriend are outside on the beach watching the turtle eggs hatch. Her father randomly collapses and is taken to the hospital. Only then are Ronnie's eyes opened to why she was spending the summer with her father. Could it be his last summer? Could it be their final song together?
1. Why do you think Ronnie worked so hard to rebel against her father?
2. Why do you think Ronnie put so much trust in a guy she just met?
3. Why is Ronnie's brother not upset about him leaving the family like she is?