Kya, abandoned, grows up alone in a shack in the coastal marsh of North Carolina. This is her story, one of love and mystery. Her marsh is located an hour and a half from Greenville. Yet when "Pa," drunk and carless, needs to seek advice from veterans affairs, he goes not to nearby Fayetteville, but to Asheville, some 350 miles away near the Tennessee border . Later, when a shopkeeper leaves town to stock up on supplies, he goes not to nearby Wilmington, or New Bern, or even Raleigh, but apparently makes a 700-mile round trip again to Asheville. Many read this manuscript, including an editor, and yet no one seems to have consulted a map of NC. This bizarre geographical ignorance mars an otherwise nicely written account of Kya's struggle with loneliness, isolation, and love. Still, a four-star, and overall a nice easy read.