The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence ? unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.