I'll Be There
High school is finally over, but for eighteen-year-old Mieke Potts, summer vacation isn't looking so hot. After being left behind by her mother and sister who are travelling abroad, she's packed off to spend the summer with her father on the other side of the country, a workaholic who's more interested in planning and designing buildings than working on a relationship with his own daughter. It doesn't help that her boyfriend just dumped her for another girl, either. The only journey she's looking forward to this summer is its passing; love doesn't exist when your own blood relatives don't bother to spend time with you.
It doesn't take long before Mieke is caught up in helping her train seatmate, Sepp, with his own summer journey-a search for his sister's biological father, whom she hasn't seen since she was three. She needs a stem cell transplant, and he might be the only chance at her survival.
On their citywide manhunt five thousand kilometres away from home, they meet Graham, the handsome yet slightly aloof local, and Mieke starts to get distracted from helping Sepp. But Graham has a surprising connection to them that none of the three anticipated.
What Mieke discovers about love and family isn't what she expects, but it gives her a new understanding of what it means to be a part of a family. I'll Be There is a story about the bonds we have with others, and how sometimes, despite the tricky parts, there are amazing benefits, too.