Crow, a twevle year old girl, has always been somewhat curious about her past. Osh (the man that rescued her) continuously tells her the same story; how he found a skiff washed up on the beach. Inside, he found Crow, just hours old. For the first twelve years of her life, that explanation was just fine. Until one night, while looking out across the water Crow spies a fire. Oddly, the fire is on Penikese Island, where a leper colony used to live. No one ever goes to Penikese; they're too scared. When crow asks Miss Maggie (Crow's neighbor that lives across the sandbar) about the fire, she tells Crow about the bird keeper the state hired to live on the island. Miss Maggie says it is probably him. Suddenly, Crow becomes curious about where she came from. Osh warns Crow to be careful but Crow's curiosity is too strong. Crow's curiosity ends up putting her, Osh and Miss Maggie in great danger.
Overall, I really liked this book. Some reasons being, the book definitely hooks you. It was extremely hard to put the book down and stop reading. Also, I really enjoyed how the the book was very descriptive. I could always picture what everyone looked like as well as the setting. I would recommend this book 6th graders.