In an idyllic Irish village, Ellen spends her days at ‘shipwreck beach' with her best friend John-Jo. Sometimes she even goes to school...but only when the mood takes her. Her days are filled with the innocence of childhood, which helps her forget momentarily her home life and the anguish of her sisters, Lizzie and Agnes. But why is it that Mike always seems to appear wherever she goes? And now that she is sixteen, is her view of this young man beginning to change...?