An engaging children's novel set in Florida. Themes of alcoholism and domestic violence are carefully handled as the main character negotiates her way through life, guarding the family secret. Rachel Mason finds her refuge in school under the caring but unsuspecting eye of her classroom teacher. When a heartbreaking incident jeopardizes her secret as well as her academic success, Rachel faces her toughest challenge yet. Readers may recognize someone they know - maybe even themselves - when they read Rachel's story.