In 1886, many Chinese immigrants are coming to America. Because they are willing to work for so much cheaper than those already here in the US, many people are getting upset. Especially in Eliza Jane McCullyâ€™s town, Crescent City.
Eliza Jane is thirteen, and lives in a lighthouse. Literally living by the tides, she goes to school with others from her town, but stays with a neighbor before or after school while waiting for the tide to change so she can get back home. Her mother is about to have a baby, and Eliza Jane desperately hopes for a sibling, jealous of her best friend Sadie who has many brothers and sisters. So busy with everything at the lighthouse, and her motherâ€™s upcoming pregnancy, she hadnâ€™t really ever given a thought to why the Chinese were shunned, and why her father didnâ€™t want her to ever go near them. When she meets a Chinese boy who doesnâ€™t seem threatening and actually saves her life, and that of her pet goat, Eliza Jane wonders why the Chinese are avoided. As she ponders all this, she is forced to make a decision. Will she choose to do as everyone else does in her town, or show kindness to the Chinese? Walk Across the Sea