Openshaw, an environmentalist, grew up in Cape Perdido and has now
returned to help the residents fight the plan of a North Carolina
company to harvest water from the Cape and send to the southern part
of California. Steph Pace owns the local restaurant and was a
former love of Openshaw's. Steph is a member of the group
called the "Friends" organized to stop the plan to harvest water in
their community. Timothy McNear owned the lumber mill for years and
when it closed down the community relied on tourists and outdoor
sportsmen for their livelihood but if the water-harvesting plan goes
through their livelihood would be threatened.
is a community specialist from New York City and is sent to the area
along with a lawyer Fitch Collins to act on behalf of the
Friends. Jessie and Fitch don't see eye to eye at first but
finally manage to overcome their differences and work
Some of the community residents decide to resort to
violence to stop the company from proceeding but this only makes
Old friends who have parted ways finally come
together to try to save the town and halt the violence. Even
Timothy McNeal who has been pretty much a recluse since the mill has
closed steps out from his shell and joins in the efforts.
very old unsolved murder is finally solved but not before officials
begin to disappear and suspicions run high.
PATRICIA E. REID
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