A few weeks before she was scheduled to move to Freetown, her home caught fire in the middle of the night and she lost everything. The principal of the academy arranged for her to move in with her right away so she wouldn't be homeless until the dorms were ready.
Now it's September. The birds are chirping, the morning air is crisp, and the sleepy town is awakened by the return of students. Julie feels out of place at Linmarsh Academy. She has no real friends in Freetown either.
And then she meets Sylvia, a rebel with a cause as she calls herself. And that's when things change for the better, well, at least at first.