Judy and Wes fall in love instantly and from the beginning are rarely apart. Yet they never really share their ambitions and passions with each other. Son of a preacher, Wes, is passionate about everything and a particular cause is the battle against the French nuclear testing in the Pacific. And boatbuilding and sailing.Judy, the daughter of a prominent scientist activist, 'doesn't believe in things' as she is told over and over. When, really, it just takes her a bit longer to find her passions and causes, which are nature and wildlife. And boatbuilding and sailing. Judy, has a way of drawing people in close. People like to do things for her. After being shipwrecked off New Zealand where they had sailed to protest the French nuclear testing, Judy finds herself unable to forgive Wes for risking her life and turns her back on him. But she doesn't stop loving him. Wes, rebuffed, has headed off to disappear from the infamy the shipwreck brought him. A beautiful novel about escaping family, creating families and, sometimes, returning to biological families.