Thirteen-year-old Iris loves the life, the atmosphere, everything about her family farm in northern Vermont. Unlike her brother, Lucien, who can't wait to get out, Iris feels deeply and happily rooted. Then, tragedy strikes. With a burned-down barn and a father who may be permanently injured, Iris's world topples. If Lucien takes over the farm, it will ruin his dreams of college and being a writer. But if Lucien leaves, Iris's parents will have to sell the property. Can Iris change their minds before she is forced to give up everything she loves?