Twelve-year-old Ramie is looking for shelter from the dweeby ratness of middle school, but she is not ready to notice the clues. It is easier to slip through that personal secret Summertime Door, where she can make everything crazy stop. But it is not enough.
When the door to home on treeless Spruce Street locks behind her one raw November morning, even the heroic, hunky Xavier of Summertime abandons her to the stormy streets. Ramie is lost, biking across rainy mega-store parking lots, in search of that fateful solacing Chocolate Crème. The enigmatic silver card in her pocket won’t buy any chocolate, but it does offer clues to shelter. At the Dollarama, Ramie finds Spideyguy and her own face—but not the way back home.
As the day darkens, Ramie finds shelter from the wind in a homemade leanto under the Shelter Rocks pines. It takes the Spideyguy kid, and the frizzy-haired Drummin Willa, to show Ramie the way back inside to the Shelter Rock Café and to the real story behind the mysterious rock formation on the edge of town. For Ramie, finding the Shelter Rock Café uncovers relationships and connections—and a world of alternative possibilities, if Ramie will risk saying the unthinkable back in the treachery of middle school.
Ramie's not the only one who's lost here.
Start over. Focus.