Perils and inherent dangers of the sea, and of island living, are cloaked behind a facade of sunny beaches, balmy tradewinds and swaying palm trees. Two women fall prey to nature's wrath during inclement tropical weather. In "Child of a Storm," during the late '60s the ketch, "Mercy," sinks during a sea storm off Culebra near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy inherits her drowned financee's son, learns a devastating secret about the boy, and faces the most crucial decision of her life.In the late '90s, underwater photographer Lillian Avery gets "Caught in a Rip" current and swept out to sea off Kauai in Hawaii. In facing death, she identifies strengths she never knew she had.A few years later, in "Hurricane Secret," the two former neighbors from Puerto Rico meet again on Kauai. A hurricane wreaks havoc in both their lives and threatens to expose secrets tightly held since the sinking of the Mercy.