"I remember reading a poem that said we can cure everything but age, and after we go to our grave, we convalesce. I've never found anything humorous about aging or death and dread both." Grace Baldwin hates growing old. Suddenly it seems that her own body has betrayed her. She seeks comfort in the past as she begins to write about her love of the ocean and the house she grew up in overlooking Long Island Sound. She hopes to come to terms with unresolved issues in her life, from a chronically-depressed mother, a sister who many have ended her own life, and a self-absorbed and faithless husband who happed to also be a celebrated journalist and winner of a Pulitzer Prize.
Her daughter, Starr, Grace's best friend Emily, and her second husband, Duff, are the bright lights that illuminate Grace's dark journey.