These three boys, Steve, Mark, and Michael, are brothers. They are at the Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk, New York for their annual Summer trip. The year is 1967 and the boys have wandered to the beach to collect seashells. Their parents are following behind them having a conversation with one another. The boys feel a sense of independence due to their parents letting them run ahead and do their own thing, but they also feel dependent on one another after being told to stay together. They feel overwhelmed with excitement being able to visit the beach because their hometown, Salt Lake City, Utah does not have beaches like this. The boys stay together, making up stories and poking fun at one another. They collect seashells and write their names in the sand. Steve and Michael get in the water to play while Mark stays on the sand because he is afraid of bodies of water. The sound of the boys' laughter is masked by the waves crashing and seagulls chirping. You can hear other families conversating, cars driving, children laughing, and lifeguards whistling. The beach isn't too busy on this day, and it never really is in general. Most of the houses found her are vacation houses, so families come and go as they please. The annual beach trip lasts for 5 days until they have to head back to Utah so the parents can continue working. The boys will be left at home or with their neighbors to continue their Summer break until school starts again in the Fall. The boys wish for the trip to have lasted longer, but they also wish to return again next Summer.