Kate had always done what her father wanted. Edwin Hardesty was an educator and he pushed Kate to excel in school. Excel she did, becoming a professor of English at Yale when she was still in her twenties. Kate’s mother died when she was young so she had only her father’s values to guide her. They lived together and traveled together, at least until recently. Four years before this book opens, Kate and her father spent the summer on Ocracoke Island. Mr. Hardesty was searching for the remains of an English merchant ship that wrecked off the island in the eighteenth century. To help her father in his work, Kate learned to dive. Her diving instructor was a good-looking local, Ky Silver. Ky awakened in Kate feelings she didn’t know that she had, but Kate saw that Ky didn’t meet the standards her father had instilled in her, so she broke off the relationship and vowed never to return to Ocracoke.
As Treasures Lost, Treasures Found opens, Mr. Hardesty has just died. As Kate sorts through his papers, she sees how much her father wanted to locate that shipwreck. To complete his work, she makes herself return to Ocracoke. She know that she will need Ky’s help. But why would Ky help her now–out of charity, to enact some revenge, or because he still harbors hope that she will see that they were meant to be together?
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