Summertime, and the living is easy. Fourteen-year-old Willa, her mom and her stepdad live on Cape Cod. As usual, their summer is busy—full of tourists and wedding planning at the Bramblebriar Inn. There has even been a mermaid spotted at the beach! Everything is going so well. Willa likes her job—she gets to read lots of books and she’s in love. It’s so exciting to think what this summer has in store for her.
What Willa doesn’t expect is a stranger showing up in her town and announcing that he is her brother.
Willa’s birth father died in a terrible accident before she was born, so the only things she has of his are a photograph and letters he wrote to her mother. And when Will, the boy claiming to be her half-brother, shows up in her town, she can definitely see the resemblance between them. Her boyfriend, JFK, doesn’t trust him and, before leaving for his summer internship in Florida, JFK warns Willa to be careful.
After spending some time with her possible half-brother, Willa learns a jaw-dropping secret about her father. If this secret proves to be true, it will change Willa and her family forever! Too bad she has no one to share it with. Her former-best-friend Tina has become fast friends with annoying Ruby, and all they do is talk about boys and fashion. Ever since he left for his Florida trip, JFK rarely returns her calls or texts. And, worst of all, her friend Mariel has disappeared!
Why is this summer becoming so complicated? Why can’t it be relaxing and fun? Is this what happens when you start growing up and learning the truth about your friends, family and boyfriend?