When eleven-year-old Mindy Smith wakes up on the first day of summer vacation, she never imagines her day is going to go on and on until she's found the answers to about a million questions: Why doesn't Mrs. Bradley answer her door? Why did Sammy blame his school graffiti on her? How can she convince her step-dad she's innocent?
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With a missing retired schoolteacher on her mind, a deputy sheriff on her tail, and a new "friend" on her case; it's a long, sometimes frightening, and totally frustrating day. The questions only multiply: Why are Mrs. Bradley's cracked pitcher and washbowl in the window of the antique shop downtown? What is Mrs. Bradley's marble-topped dresser doing in a warehouse full of old furniture? Where are the ancient wicker chairs and table that belong on Mrs. Bradley's back porch?
Then, just as Mindy is about to give up, she finds Mrs. Bradley and uncovers what could be a really dead end. Now Mindy faces one last question: How is she ever going to save Mrs. Bradley, Sammy, and herself?
Why does Mindy care? What's the problem for HER?