Teenager Angela wishes she could understand her odd family. Her mother is thornily difficult, her father is harshly distant, and her siblings offer no help, even after a terrible school incident. Struggling with self-injury, Angela’s plight intensifies at a parochial school sheltered within a tight coastal community. Strange family events, anxious friends, insensitive adults, and confusing occurrences swirl in a cloudy confusion. Then after a dreadful accident, Angela enters a psychiatric hospital with a special wing just for teens. An attentive therapist senses her turmoil, but small revelations seem only to increase the teen’s fierce façade.
What is wrong with Angela, her family, her parents, and especially her mother? Why are answers so hard to come by?
All seems lost until a herd of horses and Angela’s best friend Cali help point to a different way of thinking and believing.