Runaway “Their Moment in Time” by Kathleen Cook Huebbe
When Christopher—known to his friends as “Topher”—receives a letter in the mail twenty-two years after his high school graduation inviting him back to the Oasis, he knows it’s the beginning of a journey through some very tender memories. He returns to his parents’ garage with trepidation, as he forces himself to encounter the one thing he has always avoided….those memories:
It was their senior year of high school. A year of fun, friendships, hot rod cars, racing, and spending time together at their favorite hangout—the Oasis. And it was also their moment…
…their moment in time.
Although the group of friends had grown up together in a small town in Southern California in the 80s, they are constantly reminded of an era-gone-by at their 1950’s-style diner hangout, the Oasis. Curious about the pictures on the walls and the atmosphere of the diner, they want to know more about that bygone era. Runaway, the non-quintessential girl of the group, is especially curious about the cars and racing, and takes on an early role as the trendsetter for the group of friends. By the time they hit their teens, they all acquire their own classic cars and are learning to race.
By their senior year of high school, Runaway’s car club, The Shakers, is the talk of the town. Before they know it, the friends are pushed to their limits with competition from other car clubs that have formed at nearby high schools, and everyone is looking forward to the big end-of-year competition for the Tri-City Championship trophy.
There are some bumps along the way when a friendly competition is tarnished by a horrifying wreck caused by a jealous rival. To get even, Runaway engages in a winner-take-all contest against her bitter enemy, putting her beloved ’57 Chevy at stake.
Will they be able to move past the wreckage of their loss of innocence? Or will they lose everything they’ve ever loved?