After the ship she’s touring on along with her aunt, uncle, and cousins encounters a storm, 11-year-old Pascale Chardon wakes up alone, adrift in a small boat. The tides carry her to the tiny tropical island of TeJÉ alongside along with her solely companion, a black beetle she’s named Inch. Till Pascale’s arrival, the island has by no means had a customer, and she or he’s taken to the village Elders to see if she stands out as the Lengthy Awaited, a prophesied stranger who will determine the neighborhood’s future. The beforehand uninhabited island was populated generations in the past by individuals from all over the world who left their societies searching for peaceable coexistence. Legend says that the islanders’ destiny shall be decided by whether or not the Lengthy Awaited finds them residing in peace and unity or battle and strife. Pascale learns she should stay on TeJÉ for 17 days to find out if she’s the Lengthy Awaited; nonetheless, she has no clue if she’s the Lengthy Awaited and simply needs to go residence. Pascale settles into the every day rhythm of a caring, cooperative neighborhood, and occasions appear to unfold glacially, mirroring the idyllic island’s tempo of life. When the long-awaited day lastly arrives, the conclusion proves fairly shocking. Pascale is presumably White; names level to the islanders’ multicultural ancestry.