Did Fraser Dunbar really hear voices crying for help amidst the rising swells and the crashing waves? Why and how did a whale get killed and wash ashore of this ghost isle? Who was the man who washed ashore and why is one hiding in the caves?
These are mysteries to be solved, but more pressing matters seem to be Fraser's desire to be recognized by the newcomer and whale scientist, Ben McCraig, to ditch the rude American girl who arrived from Texas with her mother, and to stop being blamed for everything that his brother Dunny does.
The story hits a crescendo when Dunny steals McCraig's dinghy to go into the stormy waters to get a closer look at a pod of whales they had seen the night before.
What follows is a story of instinct, survival, and bravery, and our main character is never the same after that. He learns the hard truths about who to trust, as well as about how very wrong you can be about someone.
Thomson's "Washed Ashore" won't give you immediate answers, but it will keep you guessing right until the very end when you find yourself wondering, "Did he make it?"
Set in Scotland and involving whales, humans who loved whales, and the temperamental sea, this story explored facets of human nature that we don't always read about in YA Lit.