Nine children on an island, all alone. None of them know why they are on the island or why there have only ever been nine. Each year a boat arrives and leaves a small child and takes the oldest one away. Jinny is now the oldest and tasked with caring for the newest arrival. Her spirit and curiosity coupled with her desire do right by her new charge drives this beautiful and Intriguing story. I loved being swept away to this lush island full of meaty and wonderful characters. This was just the thing for summer!