Atlantic City, 1977.
When Hope Shepherd receives a letter with a sealed message from her dead brother, it unearths painful memories of the fierce argument they had just before he was killed. Before she could say she was sorry. Will these words from the past offer redemption or rip open wounds that have taken years to scar over?
To her 13-year-old son, Jamie, summer in Atlantic City is paradise: his best friend, streetwise Nicky Martre, lives at one end of Seaside Avenue, with the beach and boardwalk at the other end. The only problem? Seth, the rich kid in the neighborhood, who together with his friends, tries to make Jamie and Nicky's summer a living hell. This year it seems like they're on a collision course.
By the time the summer ends, both Hope and Jamie will realize they have much more in common than they ever imagined.
Dancing on Seaside is a journey about friendships, growing up, and learning to let go.