Through three historical eras, three women with similar destinies face deadly hurricanes on Galveston Island: The Great Storm of 1900, Carla in 1961, and Ike in 2008. Each protagonist struggles with an impossible love story and frustrated artistic aspirations. Each benefits from the unconditional support of a devoted ally. The characters are caught in a destiny loop, doomed to repeat the same mistakes until one of them breaks the cycle. Full of contradictions, at once insular and open to the world, magical but stifling, stuck in the past yet determined to overcome, Galveston is as much a character of the novel as Suzanne, Betty, Katie, their lovers, and their confidantes.