While on the island, Jessie rediscovers the mermaid chair that she loved as a child. The legend of the mermaid who becomes a saint has always resonated with Jessie. She doesn't know that the chair is intricately linked to her father's death and her mother's self mutilation. Jessie needs to find the truth that will set her, and her mother, free.
I liked this book, but it wasn't one of my favorites. The affair with Brother Thomas was difficult for me to understand, and made me look at biases I was not aware of having. Brother Thomas was an interesting character and I liked his thoughts about God and religion.
The legend of the mermaid chair was beautiful. It was an interesting way to bring the past and present together in the story.