As seventeen year old Ernest Hemingway came to his last idyllic summer in Northern Michigan, he begins to see life in a different life. Soon after he arrives in Horton's Bay, he runs into an old playmate, Grace Quinlan, who has blossomed during the year. Thus begins young Ernie's great struggle with guilt and his conscience.
Book 5 of "The Lost Chronicles" series, in which a new character is introduced, Kenneth Birdnest. During the prohibition period, Kenneth gets a surprise when his father asks him to drive a speedboat out to Beaver Island to pick up some "supplies" for the beanery. Little does he know, Al Capone is involved.