After graduating from university, James Slinn foregoes traditional career and travel options, deciding instead to retreat for a year to the cottage community of Blind Bay. Far from being a getaway spot for the country club set, his place of refuge teeters on the very fringes of civilization. The windblown pines, granite outcrops and crystal clear lakes hide a bizarre, dangerous collection of characters with whom James becomes inextricably involved. An embittered old man, a beautiful singer, a pack of wild dogs, a family of rednecks, and his very own parents push him to the brink. He discovers that life in Blind Bay is cheap, but the rewards for living there are rich.