We don’t always get the family we wish for…
But sometimes we get the family we need.
Emma Candella has a lot on her mind.
Her parents are missing on a humanitarian mission in a faraway war-torn country, and she’s been uprooted from her life as a popular middle school blogger in New York City to stay with a grandmother she hardly knows on a lake in a remote corner of the Florida Everglades.
Heavy on mosquitoes and alligators, the town of Land’s End lacks the necessities of everyday life for a big city girl like Emma…including WiFi and an internet connection.
Making friends with her neighbor Carlo from across the lake, Emma is introduced to the lore of the Everglades at Land’s End, including that of P-Alonso, the hermit who lives deep in the swamp and who is said to be immortal. But it’s not until she finds the two hundred and fifty-year-old Candella family journal that Emma begins to understand her heritage…
… And when a child’s cry on a dark and stormy night sends her out onto the lake to help, she finds herself rowing farther than she ever expected to go… all the way back to the eighteenth century where she meets her ancestral namesake and finds herself fighting to save the future of the Candella family!