When Reverend Buckminster was hired by a new congregation in Phippsburg, Maine, his son Turner [the third] had to give up his life, friends, and home in Boston, Massachussetts. To be blunt, he was not happy about the move. Meeting the locals actually made matters even worse. Everyone expected Turner to behave perfectly, since he was the preacher’s son, and it didn’t take long for Turner to make a bad impression — try as he did to behave and act right.
After a few incidents of trouble, Turner’s father decided that Turner would have to read to and play the organ for cranky old Mrs. Cobb… for the whole summer. It seemed as though he was doomed to eternal unhappiness, but then he met Lizzie Bright Griffin — a black girl from Malaga Island (a settlement of former slaves). As expected, since the story took place in 1912, this friendship was forbidden as soon as it was found out. Turner decided that he did not care what people thought or expected and continued to spend time with Lizzie.
When the town elders, including Reverend Buckminster, decided that they wanted to kick everyone off of Malaga Island, Turner tried to change their minds. He tried to fight the prejudice and injustice. But he was only one boy. Want to know what happened to Lizzie and the rest of the residents of Malaga Island? Read the book and find out.