Twelve-year-old twins Lucy and Paddy Hendricks think they’re in for the worst summer of their lives when they arrive on Janaconda Island in June of 1949. There’s nothing to do and the rotted old mansion that will serve as their family’s home is filthy and littered with junk. But when they discover the house’s former owner was a notorious pirate who left behind cryptic clues to the location of stolen gold, they are swept into a dangerous adventure of discovery that tests the limits of their wits and courage.
Thirteen-year-old Katie Phillips dreams of reaching the U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Championships. But her sports-obsessed father wants her to quit the team to focus on swimming races to earn a college scholarship like her older brother Nick, a Florida state record holder.
When Katie's duet partner is seriously injured in a freak accident during practice, her determination to overcome her family's lack of support is put to the test as her life unravels around her.
In this first volume of an annual literary journal, read a collection of fiction, poetry, and memoir from authors around Tampa Bay touching on the state of Florida.