|aFollowing a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier.--|cProvided by publisher.
|aFunny, poignant, and moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and a girl determined to find meaning within it. Wherever the sharks led, Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was sure to follow. in fact, she was on a boat far off the coast of Massachusetts, collecting shark data, when she died suddenly. Lucy was seven. Since then, Lucy and her father have kept their heads above water - thanks in large part to a few close friends and neighbors. But on one steamy June day in her twelfth summer, the tide brings a great white - and the another tragedy, cutting short a friendship everyone insists was meaningful but no one can tell Lucy what it all meant. To survive a new wave of grief, Lucy must grab the line connecting her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman, and a curious old widower to her mother's unfinished research on the great white's return to Cape Cod. Only with their help, and her mother's beloved sharks, will Lucy finally be able to look beyond what she's lost and toward what's yet to be discovered. --|cFrom dust jacket.