Ben has always been a kid without a mom, but he wants a family like everyone else. He has a mom, but she left eight years ago. Ben has a plan. If he can show her he’s a good kid, then he’ll be able to bring her home where she belongs.
Ben puts his plan in motion. His mom and dad agree that Ben will spend a week with his mom on the island she inherited from her grandfather. While waiting for her to arrive, Ben absently strokes the red golden hair of Sunshine, the dog that is always by his side whenever he needs her.
When his mom finally comes into view, nothing is as he expects. The boat is a canoe – no motor. He won’t need his tablet – no electricity. He won’t have daily check-ins with his dad – no phone. Still, it is his mom and he still has his plan, so Ben decides to give it a go.
Ben finds the isolation frightening, but Sunshine seems okay with it. Ben thinks the primitive cabin is dark and spooky, but Sunshine seems okay with it. Ben feels afraid of the wild animals right outside the door, but Sunshine seems okay with it. Ben is determined to see his plan through no matter what. But when fire threatens his mom’s island, Ben is forced to face all he’s been trying to forget and find some answers: What makes a family? What causes worry? What happens when you try to understand?
Sunshine is an important and poignant exploration of family, guilt and forgiveness.
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