When Evie's stepdad returns from World War II, things seem to settle back into normal life quickly. Evie spends time with her best friend and waits for the next year to pass so she can do things she feels she's old enough to do--wear lipstick and go out with boys.
Things are only normal on the outside. Evie begins to see hints at some of the lies and stories Joe, her stepdad, shares with her and her mom. When they suddenly take off for a vacation to Palm Beach, Florida at the end of the summer, she knows something is not right. But when she meets Peter Coleridge, a 23-year old who seems to know Joe pretty well, she decides to ignore the warning signs. Before she knows it, her family is dragged into a tragedy that very well may tear it apart.
Well-written and a great historical novel.