This book is about Alyssa, 13 years old, who has been mute ever since she saw her parents drown when she was 10. She knows that somehow she was responsible, and won't let herself remember what happened, even though she knows if she remembers, she'll talk again. As another storm approaches and she gets stuck on a shrimp boat with her little brother and new friend Ty, she begins to remember. When they reach the shore and find her grandfather hurt, she has to speak to save his life. This book was very intersting and suspenseful about halfway through, but it took alot of patience to get that far, her annoying relatives made me stop reading like five times. I would reccommend Sherry Garland's other books: The Last Rainmaker & Indio, before I would recommend The Silent Storm.