Em 1968, na paisagem belíssima de uma remota vila costeira canadiana, nasce um bebé: um bebé que não parece ser rapaz ou rapariga, mas sim ambos. Só três pessoas partilham este segredo: os pais - Jacinta e Treadway - e a parteira, uma vizinha chamada Thomasina. Apesar de Treadway ter tomado a difícil decisão de educar a criança como rapaz, baptizando-o de Wayne, as mulheres continuaram secretamente a desenvolver o seu lado feminino.
Isolated as Croyden Harbour may be from the social upheaval of 1968, the tiny village on the southeast Labrador coast plays host to its own revolution in Winter's sincere, self-serious debut. Jacinta and Treadway Blake are like any other couple in town he's away on the trapline all winter, she's confined to domestic life. But the clarity of traditional gender roles begins to unravel when Jacinta gives birth to a hermaphrodite. Both Treadway and the local doctor decide the baby will be brought up as a boy he's named Wayne, and his female genitalia are sewn shut. Meanwhile, Jacinta's friend Thomasina, quietly tends to the spiritual development of the child's female identity. Kept in the dark about his condition for most of his childhood, Wayne struggles to live up to the manly standards imposed by his well-meaning if curmudgeonly father, but when adolescence rolls around, Wayne's body reveals a number of surprises and becomes a battleground of physiology, identity, and sexual discovery. Though delivered at times with a heavy hand, the novel's moral of acceptance and understanding is sure to win Winter many fans.