Full of detail about Army life, Patterson s elegant prose brings readers deep inside Jess s conflicted point of view. Publishers Weekly Ninth grader Jess Westmark had the best of intentions when she started Operation Oleander to raise money for a girls orphanage in Kabul. She named her charity for the flower that grows both in her Florida hometown and in Afghanistan, where her father is deployed. But on one of her father's trips to deliver supplies to the orphans, a car bomb explodes nearby and her father is gravely injured. Worse, her best friend s mother and some of the children are killed. Is this all Jess s fault?