Family First, Always.
That’s the Story family motto. Which seems completely bonkers to Milly when she hears about it. For one thing, she barely knows her uncles and their kids. And even now in her late teens, she’s never even met her grandmother.
That rich and reclusive matriarch mysteriously disinherited Milly’s mom, Allison, and Milly’s uncles, Adam, Anders and Asher (Yeah, how’s that for a family full of A-listers?) long ago. They all received a note from their mother’s lawyer, barring them from ever coming back to their New England home. Those missives all held the identical brusque declaration: “You know what you did.”
Milly’s mom hasn’t got a clue what the offense was. Or so she claims. And the only thing Milly knows is that the whole Story clan has been pretty disconnected in the many years since. But it seems that’s about to change.
Twenty-four years after that disinheriting note went out, a new letter arrives: this one for Milly. And it invites her to come and work at her grandmother’s exclusive island resort for the summer. Gull Cove Island is a place where rich and semi-famous people spend ridiculous amounts of money pretending they’re getting back to nature. Now Milly is being called there too. And it turns out her cousins, Aubrey and Jonah, both received a similar request.
As far as Milly is concerned, though, her grandmother can take a long walk off a short New England pier. This woman whom she has never met, who didn’t come to her mother’s wedding, who hasn’t called or emailed or dropped a single word in 20-plus years, now wants her to work at her hotel!? Forget it.
But Milly’s mother—and all the cousins’ parents, Milly finds out later—makes one thing perfectly clear: The Story cousins will be spending the summer at Gull Cove! Like it or not, there is a lot at stake here.
Milly is pretty sure that it’s a “lot” with a dollar sign attached. But she can’t help but wonder what else is in play. What actually happened 24 years ago?
And what happened to “Family First, Always”?