Jesse bonds almost instantly with Winnie. He is fascinated by her sense of adventure, her desire to move beyond her little world to see more and do more. He is also attracted to her open mind. Although Winnie is frightened at first, she is willing to listen to the story of the Tucks and to believe what they tell her. She is not judgemental and she does not try to make "freaks" of them. All of this causes Jesse to ask Winnie to stay with him - in truth, to marry him:
"But the thing is, you knowing about the water already and living right next to it so's you could go there any time, well, listen, how'd it be if you was to wait till you're seventeen, same age as me - heck, that's only six years off - and then you could go and drink some and then you could go away with me!" Chapter 14
Jesse is looking for a companion, and believes he has found one. Although Winnie is tempted, she chooses a mortal life and a life with her own family.