Tuaine has returned to the Cook Islands after a disastrous term at an Auckland school. Although happy to be back with her family and friends she is haunted by a shameful secret. Tuaine takes great comfort in sailing across the lagoon to romantic One Foot Island.
At first she is perplexed by Adam, a handsome young Australian sailing around the Pacific with his parents. But Adam is fascinated by Tuaine and their friendship soon deepens. One Foot Island becomes their miniature paradise.
Can Tuaine trust Adam with her secret? Can they hope to share the future in spite of their different backgrounds?