In Newfoundland in 1912, twelve-year-old Maggie Wells loves her dog, Sirius, as does the rest of the Wells family. But spiteful Tamar Rand, daughter of the wealthiest and most powerful man in the tiny town of Bonnie Bay, hates both Maggie and Sirius. So Tamar tells her father that Sirius was responsible for the death of one of the Rands' sheep. Mr. Rand decides Sirius must be shot, and uses his influence to convince the authorities that Sirius is a menace. So Maggie decides to hide her dog, unable to bear him either being killed or sent away. When a ship begins to sink off the island, however, Sirius is the only one who can bring a line through the water to the ship. Maggie knows it's the right thing to do, but will revealing her dog risk his life? I highly recommend this novel to young readers who enjoy historical fiction or stories about dogs. It brings the place and time to life and has a really sweet story about a girl and her bond with her dog.