This is a story about Jim Johnson growing up in the 1950's. As a young boy he has to help support the family because his father has cancer and is unable to work. To escape this harsh reality he often retreats to Painter's Island, a place where he can be alone with his thoughts and play with his younger sisters, Cathy and Maggie. Years pass by and he is now a young man. His mother becomes ill with cancer and has to undergo emergency surgery. How does he cope with this new crisis and will history repeat itself? To find the answers to these questions join Jim on his journey back to Painter's Island.