2014 Summer Storm publication
It is dawn. A violent summer storm drives huge waves directly onto Budleigh’s pebble beach. A fisherman rescues a young girl from the waves but on reaching the beach, the girl flees. By coincidence the fisherman’s son is missing, presumed drowned. Who was the girl? Why was she terrified on reaching land? What has become of the fisherman’s son? And why is a black-windowed 4 x 4 with a London registration cruising down Budleigh Salterton’s quiet high street?
Tom Vanstone, a Budleigh Salterton fisherman, stands alone on Budleigh beach one summer dawn. His young son, Peter, has recently been lost at sea and, blinded by sadness at the loss of his son, he contemplates putting to sea into the teeth of a vicious storm. At the last minute he sees sense and turns to go home but then hears a faint cry on the wind.
He rescues a young girl from a sinking skiff but, as they land, his fishing boat is wrecked, he is badly injured, and the girl runs away.
A retired security services civil servant, Gwen Watson, sees the emergency unfold from her fine house above the beach and calls the emergency services.
Local policeman PC Stephen Booker and his daughter Caroline help in the rescue.
Criminals detect the emergency radio traffic and a 4x4 with blacked out windows sets off for Budleigh.
Caroline Booker and her friend Eddie Carter find clues that make them suspect that Peter Vanstone might still be alive. They set off in a kayak with Peter’s dog Bud and find a sea cave containing strange barrels.
After a series of adventures and with the help of the resourceful Gwen Watson they find and rescue Peter and meet the girl who had escaped from the sinking skiff. She tells them the barrels contain stolen goods belonging to a gang of robbers from London who had captured Peter when he was shipwrecked there.
But Gwen and the girl are then kidnapped by a tall gang member with a scar down his face called Guy who imprisons them in a shed on Woodbury Common. He takes pity on them however and sets them free but then they are chased by other members of the gang.
In a thrilling final scene, one dark night a few days later gangster Guy returns to the cliff top above the sea cave to recover the treasure the gang have hidden there. By a fateful coincidence this is just where PC Booker has taken the children on an overnight camping trip…
Summer storm creative teams
St Peter’s School, Budleigh Salterton
Head Teacher Malcolm Elliott
Form Teacher Victoria Dye
Class List: Lily Allen, Emily Archer, Isaac Barry, William Beaver, Breanna Curran Batten, Katherine Eley, Charlie Forster, Oscar Gillies, Alice Gittoes-Davies, Samuel Gore, Bethany Hillyard, Ryan Horne, Esme Kilburn-Thompson, Brandon Leach, Jude Levi, Isla McIntosh, Lucy Mitchell, Olivia Moore, Courtney Moules, Astrid Palmer, Alice Parker, Julius Perry, Elspeth Preston, Charlie Prew, Sophia Rehbock, Lucy Rose, Ruby Salih, Reuben Smith, Frederick Squire, Poppy Taylor, Kate Teed, Luca Vaughan, Jaykob White, Phoebe Woodthorpe.
Drake’s School, East Budleigh
Head Teacher Carron Saunders
Form Teacher Sarah Davie
Class List: Joseph Appleby, Holly Flynn, Joanna Lohmeyer-Browring, Solomon McIntyre, Alex Mitchell, Millie Motley, Joshua Timms, Abigail Weir-Jones.
Head Teacher Carron Saunders
Form Teacher Deborah Evans
Class List: Erin Blackmore, Ella Durham, Lewis Fairbanks, Daisy George, Sally Gibson, Molly Harmson, Anya Hawtin, Edvins Kruklis, Viki McClellan, Benjamin Tigg, Toby Whitfield.
Exmouth Community College
Principal Tony Alexander
Head of Art Jill Honour
Art Teacher Judith Langlois
Class Lists: Kerrie-Ann Bastone, Charlotte Chandler, Sam Froggatt, Casey Hancock, Lauren Mansfield, Rose McCracken, Tia Miller, Geraldine O'Sullivan, Louise Smith, Katie Titterton, Beth-Annie Wreford.
Terri Cooke’s Team
Team Mentor Terri Cooke
Team Members: Katie Brindley, Hope Evans, Jack Woodthorpe, Olivia Yarwood.