Memories of the author's Jamaican childhood inspire this story of a 12 year old girl, Clara, who lives in the small village of Sycamore on one of the smaller Caribbean islands. But the tropical setting with its lush vegetation, beaches and warm sunshine, belies the fact that something is amiss in the young girl's world. Her best friend, Gaynor, has fallen out with her and is behaving strangely, bur worse, Clara cannot remember anything about events of the previous summer. Then a girl from England arrives in their village whose friendship promises to change everything. A mystery story of family secrets, ghosts, grief, lost friends and reconciliations takes shape and Clara herself must come to an understanding of what happened during that last, lost summer. An exciting, moving novel which brings its Caribbean setting to life in vivid detail.