In 1965, a pair of twelve-year-old lovers, Sam and Suzy, flee their New England island town, prompting a local search party led by the Sheriff and Suzy’s parents to fan out to find them.
Sam is an orphan who is attending a “Khaki Scout” summer camp led by Scout Master Randy Ward. Suzy is summering on the island with her dysfunctional, attorney parents, Walt and Laura, in a lighthouse. Sam and Suzy met the previous summer on this island in New England during a church performance of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten, and they remained penpals over the following year. They eventually fell in love and decided to reunite the following summer and run away together on the island. After several days of camping together in the wilderness on the island and being pursued by the scouts, parents, and police, they are eventually apprehended on a church steeple during a violent hurricane and flood, evoking the earlier references to Noah. The church steeple is destroyed by lightning, but everyone survives. Faced with the possibility of Sam being sent to an orphanage, Cpt. Sharp offers to take him in.