Sydney has been hired to tutor the Edwards' daughter with her schoolwork over the summer at their luxurious beachside cottage. When the Edwards' two older sons arrive for a visit, they begin furiously flirting and competing for her attention. While she enjoys this, it's unsettling in that it seems to be indicative of older mysterious problems between the brothers. Meanwhile, Sydney nurtures her tutee in her secret talent for art and watches her grow up, and away, from her troubled family. It took me about a hundred pages or so to get into the story, but then I couldn't put it down.