Overachieving attorney Haley Olson has always done the responsible thing. So when her twin sister, Micah, needs a surrogate mother, Haley willingly volunteers. Like most feats the capable workaholic attempts, her pregnancy goes perfectly...until the results of prenatal testing threaten to tear Micah's marriage apart. Pregnant, overworked, and driven to the end of her rope by the neediness of the sister and widowed mother who depend on her, Haley seeks refuge with a week's vacation on the Alaskan coast.
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One horrible night 15 years ago, a little girl named Maddie was taken away from the island paradise she treasured, the townspeople she loved, and the playmate who shared her soul. Now, she's coming back to them. Maddie was only a child in those idyllic, carefree days when she and her best friend Kai swam in the ocean, fished, hiked, and stargazed on the tropical island of Lana'i.
Marine biologist Ri Sullivan had a rough start in life. A biracial baby abandoned in a Moscow train station, she spent eight months in a Russian orphanage before being adopted by a devoted couple from the coast of Maine. Now a sunny-natured, resilient adult, she has no conscious memory of feeling unloved or insecure. But with her ethnic heritage still a mystery to her, she can't help but feel that a part of herself is missing.