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This is the second Elizabeth book in the Our Canadian Girl series. Elizabeth Brightman and her family moved to Nova Scotia from Connecticut as part of the resettlement of the land vacated by the Acadians who were deported in 1755. The story is set several years after the Expulsion, when Acadian families started returning to the Maritimes.
Elizabeth has two best friends: Mathilde LeBlanc, an Acadian girl whose family returned to Nova Scotia and now works on the Brightman farm; and Sarah Worth, daughter of the local preacher. Elizabeth has two wishes. She wants to visit Pirate Island desperately, to search for buried treasure she believes is there. She also hopes her two friends can lay aside their differences and become friends. Elizabeth has a difficult time understanding why people of different backgrounds do not always get along.
After Sarah's aunt and baby die in childbirth, Elizabeth decides to escape the funeral and make another attempt to reach Pirate Island. She gets there on foot over the mud flats at low tide, and discovers treasure on the island. Unfortunately, she gets caught by the tide and cannot get back to the mainland. Eventually her friends and father rescue her, and the second of Elizabeth's wishes comes true when she discovers her friends have reached an understanding.