"I wasn't alone on the beach. I never was. But if I found a small, empty place away from the running children and frisbee throwers, I could pretend. My knees pulled tight to my chest, I could stare straight out into the blue and the frothy white, and be completely, utterly alone in my thoughts. And that was exactly the way I wanted it. Until the day I saw the tawny-haired boy in the green shorts. That day everything changed."