For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. A heartbreaking coming-of-age story.