In this long-awaited finale to the Giver Quartet, Lowry draws characters and themes from The Giver (1993), Gathering Blue (2000) and Messenger(2004). Fourteen-year-old Claire, a Birthmother, has no contact with her baby until, against the rules; she visits him in the Nurturing Center. When the boy disappears, Claire is determined to find him. That brings her to a seaside community where she encounters the sinister Trademaster. Claire exchanges her youth for his help in finding her child, now living in the same village as middle-aged Jonas and his wife Kira. Elderly and failing, Claire reveals her identity to her son who must use his unique talent to save the village.