Seventeen-year-old, Ali Tay struggles to face fears lingering from her early childhood. While spending the summer at the North Carolina Coast with her grandparents, she learns who she can trust as she matures over a summer riddled with violent storms and fire. She harbors feelings of abandonment after her parents’ bitter divorce when she was five. Her cold, self-centered mother treats Ali as if her feelings aren’t important. Her talented, elusive father tests and controls her life from afar. She is his secret.
Nineteen-year-old Trevor Markham, certified swim instructor and college undergraduate, reluctantly accepts a summer job as Ali’s swim coach. Growing up in foster-care with two other young men has given him resolve and determination and, as his friendship with Ali strengthens, he mentors her in facing her insecurities.
An unexpected invitation to visit Charleston, South Carolina exposes a sordid past to Ali and Trevor. They reveal their feelings for each other while caught in the eye of hurricane Irene on coastal North Carolina.