'How about a story? Spin us a yarn.' Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. 'I could tell you an extensively strange story,' I warned. 'Oh, good!' Gram said. 'Delicious!' And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic. As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.