She is drawn to a certain thin book in the library, that explains, after years of research, the secrets behind the Hum. The Hum is a pleasant, sometimes melodic, sometimes very deep, often healing sound that Islanders have heard ever since their ancestors arrived in 1799.
In 1964, fifteen-year-old Gordy Broome is in shock over the possible self-inflicted loss of his mother. He passes out in his bed, and suddenly finds himself on a raft, which seems to know where it is going. It takes him from his hometown in Southern California, below South America, then east to the south Indian Ocean. A storm wrecks the raft, and he wakes up, barely alive, on the shore of an unknown island.
Back then the Russians controlled the Island, and Gordy is immediately captured by a Soviet navy shore patrol, interrogated as a possible spy for the Americans, and put in a holding cell. Two civilian food service workers recognize that he can hear The Hum! They also see Hum energy in his eyes, and realize that Roselin will definitely want to meet him. They have to get him out.
Thus begins the narrative - Gordy learns about Hum energy, about Love, and the people and culture of New Island.