Skip loves swimming in the ocean. It's the perfect place to sort things out. Since his father moved away, he and his mom have been taking care of their big old boardinghouse alone. A whole summer of changing light bulbs and running errands for the tourists.
Then skip meets swimmer. The big friendly dog swims with him every morning. Swimmer doesn't have an owner and Skip wants him. He's the only friend Skip has had all summer. But Skip can't take Swimmer home because his mom won't let him have a pet at the house. One thing is certain, though. Skip is not going to desert his dog. He needs Swimmer just as much as Swimmer needs him.