After the disappearence of her father when she was eight, Winter Adams is neglected by her mother, who turned to drugs and alchohol to cope with the diassapearence of her beloved husband.
Winter has to learn how to look after herself and the house as her mother didn't care about anything, not even the condition of her own daughter.
As well as neglecting her 8 year old daughter, Winter's mother replaces her husband and Winter ends up with a cruel, abusive step father.
Winter didn't know why but her parents force her to move from her home in California to Oregon, which meant see had to move to a different school. Winter was angry about this but she had no choice but to comply
Winter finally has something positive happen to her at her new school where she makes some new friends, Jackson, Brittney and Brad. Although, there was something about these friends which she couldn't quite put her finger on.