The telling of the story of Ivey Hayes and his return, in midlife, to Coquina Kay, its life from the past and girl from his youth still living and waiting on Co quina Key
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There was no one near the old grove house the night Ben Ivan died. Tava later said the orange groves and Silver Lake itself stood completely still as if they were in shock and wondering what to do next. The water in the lake lay flat, mot moving, and noiseless like a quiet backwater, something looking like a background of a watercolor print. Ben Ivan's main hand, Tommy, found him as the night was quitting and as the morning was just beginning to show.
He called each one that morning and called them after he made the call to the first name on the list. He knew to call that first name before any of the rest, the number that no one else knew. He knew to call the number in the Keys.