One by one Kya's family leaves and never comes back. Abandoned and alone, Kya lives in the marsh of Barkley Cove, North Carolina. The birds, the water and sand are her only companions. One thoughtful man, his wife, and a boy who loves the marshes almost as much as Kya are her only connections to town. As she grows up Kya and Chase, a boy from town, begin noticing each other. After he's found dead in the swamp, the town blames Kya, the Marsh Girl.
Owens blends a nature study, coming of age, love story and a murder-mystery to create a unique character study of loneliness in the natural world. The writing is lyrical and lush. This one lives up to the hype.