Marissa Goodwell is a ten-year-old girl who thought thing could be more perfect in her life. She has a loving mother, a father with a perfect job at the Wilmington Healthy and Nutritious Food Company, and a smart little brother. When her father receives an assignment to go to ather country to find healthy and exotic foods, Marissa thought thing could go wrong. But a surprising tragedy strikes, and the Goodwells need to find a way to get through it. Things keep getting worse and worse for this household. What will Marissa have to do to keep her family from breaking apart?
August Edwards is a fifth grader who wrote her first award-winning essay in Mrs. McDermott's kindergarten class, which she read before a crowd gathered at a local New England Mall. Her brother Rodman makes masks, and her brother Jon collects pressed pennies. She is an alto saxophone player who loves John Coltrane and The Ramones, and her favorite writer is Rick Riordan, author of The Lightning Thief. The paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and the comedy of Tina Fey inspire August, whose recent trip to Amsterdam and Paris provided stimulus for her forthcoming collection of short stories of comedy and horror.