Driven to Tayloe's Creek, Virginia, before she was six and told for years whenever she asked a question, t to dig under, Alabama Macpherson is astonished when she's celebrating her 21st Christmas in 1970, to receive a call from her father, Dr. Nigel Macpherson. He insists that she come home for her mother's funeral. And you must read your mother's journals written at the mental asylum before she died. Alabama t only digs into the past and discovers answers to the secrets, lies, and abuse that have been her diet, but also reasons for her own bad choices. Moving to Cragmont, a piedmont town in the Carolinas, she meets Aunt Grace and a compassionate psychiatrist. With their understanding, Alabama is able to confront her twisted past, grow, trust herself, and treasure her gifts as an artist/musician. Only then does she come of age and experience love.