Clair�s vow of silence gets her father�s attention, but not in the way she had hoped. Her father, who is the pastor of a large metropolitan church, resigns to begin a mission in the remote woods of northern Michigan, taking Clair with him. Clair is furious at having to leave her friends. The woods are frightening. Her new house is a tumble-down shack where raccoons and mice have made their home.
But everything changes when Clair meets Dorrie, a girl her age who is hiding out in the woods from her hateful grandmother and her violent father. With her goat, Guinevere, and her knowledge of nature, Dorrie is a survivor. Through this surprising new friendship, Clair finds strength and courage she didn�t know she had�
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