Ten-year-old Emily Barrett is a castaway—the lone inhabitant of a desolate island in the middle of an endless ocean. An innately positive and optimistic soul, Emily does the best she can, maintaining her little house and commiserating with the wild creatures that live around her. But Emily longs for human companionship, and after she finds a magical book that suggests she might be able to dream a human companion to life, she sets about learning the art of “dream weaving” and making her wish come true. As Emily’s talent and skill as a creator blossoms, she discovers deep mysteries and heartbreaking truths about her own background and identity.
Five years after the disappearance of their young son during a day hike in Olympic National Park, the parents of the lost boy hire a guide to accompany them on the same trail in an effort to find healing and closure. Along the way the family discovers that the guide’s fate is profoundly intertwined with their own.