Ethan Quinn is the second adopted son of pediatrician Stella Quinn and her husband, Ray. In her work, Stella sometimes came across a young boy who had suffered intolerable abuse from his parents and who had fallen through the system. Once in a blue moon, one came along she could not send back to his former life. So she took him home.
Thus it was that Stella and Ray added Ethan to their household. Along with his adopted brothers Cameron and Phillip, they formed a family who grew to respect each other with such fierce devotion that when Ray, on his deathbed, made one last request of the three boys, they agreed without question, despite knowing their father's request would disrupt the lives they had so successfully carved out for themselves.
Ethan had settled into his quiet life as a waterman, living by the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. He loved puttering on his boats, sailing when he had the time and earning a living by selling fish and crabs he plucked out of the waters of the Bay.
Ethan had a hard and fast rule for himself. He would never get married and have a family. Such rules are hard to keep.
Despite his rule, when his father requested that the three sons take over the responsibility of making a home for 10-year-old Seth, Ray's most recent foster child, Ethan had to bend his rule a bit. He, Cameron and Phillip would save the boy, just as Ray had saved the three of them.
What the boys had not counted on was the difficulty of becoming foster parents and eventually adopting a child who was "in the system."
Satisfying social workers meant frequent visits, which meant hiring housekeepers and moving in with his brothers to make a home for Seth. Those were all changes Ethan did, and he managed to continue his work.
Good deeds do not always go as planned. Events beyond anyone's control and a past that came to disrupt Seth's new life would test these boys in entirely unforeseen ways.
Ethan would be tested, and so would his hard-fast rule, or at least what remained of his rule, the part he was determined to keep.
"Rising Tides" keeps listeners on their toes, anxious to learn what happened, and what didn't happen, next.
Nora Roberts is the bestselling author of more than 200 books. She was the first inductee of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Over 280 million copies are in print. Her books have spent over 800 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller Lists.
Roberts lives in Maryland, where she continues to write to meet the demands of a multitude of fans.
Of three brothers, it was Ethan who shared his father's passion for the Maryland shore. And now, with his father gone, Ethan is determined to make the family boatbuilding business a success. But amidst his achievements lie the most important challenges of his life.
There is young Seth, who needs him more than ever. And a woman he has always loved but never believed he could have. But beneath Ethan's seemingly still waters is a dark and painful past. He must learn to see around the shadows to accept who he is. Because through Ethan's past lies the future - and his one chance at happiness. Download and start listening now!