Twelve year old Dinnie Doone has lived a nomadic life, with her father always pursuing the next "opportunity", and the rest of the family following in his wake. But her brother keeps getting into worse and worse trouble, and when her sister secretly elopes and gets pregnant, her mother decides to send her to live with her aunt and uncle in Switzerland, where they will be teaching. It's a great opportunity for Dinnie, but she feels terribly homesick.
I like Creech's books, but this one was a little disappointing. It had a great build-up, but somewhere along the way the storyline scattered and then petered out. Creech has a great way of putting the reader into the mind of her adolescent protagonists, but though I loved the characters, the story seemed to go nowhere and left me a little dissatisfied. Still, it's one to make a young person think, and the descriptions of Switzerland are beautiful.