A summer-and a boy-she would never forget...
It's August 1943. On foreign shores American soldiers are battling the enemy in WWII. On the homefront a polio epidemic is striking down on America's children.
Ruth Owen is fighting some battles of her own. She's worried about skipping a year in school and being the youngest in her class. ANd her best friend seems to have forgotten her.
Ruth wishes the summer would last forever, and that she could spend every day near the ocean at Jones Beach. She has become friends with a lifeguard named Russ, wh oseems to understand her fears and worries. But Ruth begins to wonder why Russ is safely at home when so many other young men have been sent oversees to fight. Could he be a draft dodger?
Then Ruth learns a secret about Russ, and she begins to understand that true courage sometimes comes from unexpected places.