Michael Sterling disappeared from the library in Millway, Maine when he was twelve. Everyone assumed that he was kidnapped, but he considers it the best day of his life. Now, after five years, Michael has come home. His blond hair is dyed black and he uses the name Sean, but those aren’t the only things that have changed. The boy whose photo was plastered on the front page of the newspapers under the headline “ABDUCTED” is now seventeen and struggling to figure out where he belongs.
Sean returns with a plan to save Trip –the neighbor boy he had an intense and complicated relationship with during his years away – from his own dysfunctional circumstances. But coming home is more confusing to Sean than leaving had been. While he's changed over the past five years, so has the town; as his careful plans begin to crumble, so does everything he believed about his idyllic other life.