In just one afternoon, Wren’s gleeful mood crashes with the news of her mother’s diagnosis of advanced-stage Breast Cancer. Soon Wren is sent from her Colorado home to spend the summer with her not-so-typical grandparents (aging hippies) in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
With goats, chickens, and alpacas as companions, Wren finds adventure and ordinary days on trails and porches. Happiness comes with finding new friends, increased independence, and acres of woods to explore.
But chiggers bite, and spiders lurk. Wren’s nemesis, Aunt Char, returns. An owl calls outside of Wren’s window. Sometimes Wren gets scared, and when she really should be alarmed, she instead befriends a man with cruel intentions.
Late summer turns tragic, Arkansas teaches harshly and gently, and Wren learns that things don’t have to be perfect to be good.