When Sunday’s mother dies in childbirth, she is handed over to a father who was unaware of her existence. Slick Everette is a gambling man, but a good cook, and he has been the cook for the surf men on Pea Island. Sunday grows up among these men, nurtured by them, and learning to fish, hunt, swim, sail, cook, heal with herbs and roots, and see the beauty and dangers of the natural world.
The man-made world is something else. In her teen years, as Sunday interacts with the white community on Roanoke Island and the mixed lot of men who do conservation work on Hatteras Island as part of the New Deal public works programs. Sunday’s strength of character impresses everyone, but she is nonetheless victimized. Her life takes an unexpected turn when German sailors on a special mission come ashore.
This is the first book in the Pea Island Trilogy.
Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.