Chapter 15 Summary

Ava and Bird Man spend another day on the water in the swamps, steering through narrow canals in the blistering heat. Ava is tired from the sun as well as from all the rowing she has been doing. At one point, Bird Man notices how exhausted Ava looks and offers to do the rowing for her while she takes a nap. Because of her extreme over-exertion of the past few days as well as the tension she is suffering from the loss of her sister and the strange journey she is undertaking to find her, Ava almost bursts into tears from Bird Man's tender offer. Instead of crying, Ava calls out, "I love you." This embarrasses her even more than the tears would have, and she quickly starts telling Bird Man stories about her mother and father so she...

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