Bailey Fish, 11, is abruptly sent from Florida by her mother to live with her grandmother, Sugar, in Central Virginia. While Bailey adjusts to the new place, her grandmother is investigating the source of pollution in Contrary Creek where there used to be gold mining. To complicate matters, a neighbor is out to get Sugar. He's the father of Justin Rudd, a bully on Bailey's school bus. Justin's father doesn't upset Sugar because she comes from a family of Wild Women. She proudly tells Bailey about all of them, including Mae, who was a spy during World War I. Inspired by Sugar's stories and what she finds in her grandmother's attic (a secret box of letters and Mae's hat) Bailey decides to become a Wild Woman herself. She heads into a dark woods to look for gold nuggets and the former gold mine. But what she discovers is not what she expects. . . .
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