A crow named Kitsap offers his perspective on the ferry commute. Six cedar trees cast long shadows over a small cabin. A woman walks the line between love and hate as she discovers new ground in her life. A young man searches for lost swans and what they might represent. An old man's magic trick takes on new meaning. These five short stories are tied together by their common denominator-they all take place on a small island in Puget Sound, a stone's throw from Seattle-and navigate both its natural and human environment of beauty, solace, hardship, and loss.