It is a joyful thing, Susannah thought as she watched her children with the Belletts. We are more like family than friends. They want for little and they love their lives. Oh to have had such a childhood. We are all part of the fabric that binds us. We and the Belletts, the island, we are all woven together.
Young James felt it too, the way the families were intertwined, but there was something else within him, something stronger than the thread that bound them to this place, it was a want that lived inside him and it drew him beyond his field of vision. One day, he thought, one day I will see for myself what is past that thin blue line.