She learns to love the beach and the bush, and develops an appreciation of the natural environment. She also discovers that she has a talent for cooking.
Over the summer she deals with her demons, coming to a more mature understanding of her parents and her relationship with both of them.
Interwoven with the story of Zoe's development are her flashbacks and dreams of the past. She meets her destiny and redeems herself by saving a wandering albatross from death.