The tale begins with a young man narrowly surviving a car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death.
Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. Every day he tends the lawns and monuments of an old cemetery where his younger brother Sam is buried. Every night at sunset he enters a magical world behind the iron gates. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that as long as he stays in the graveyard, Charlie will never recover from his loss.
Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself.
Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, the past and the future, holding on and letting go.
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those books that reveals the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the pain of loss into hope, healing and even laughter. Romantic and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.