It's 1900 on Saltspring Island in British Columbia, Canada. Three older girls, take little Martha for a hike and picnic along the shore. In a quiet cove, for fun, they place her in a beached boat. But, the older girls become distracted by the wildlife, as the tide rises. A last minute, wading, rescue of Martha ends the story. The Afterword provides material that could have made a good story: two of the girls are mulatto descendants of far-flung African slaves.