Aureliana Hook, or Ari as she prefers people to call her, has worked in her mother's daycare in Clover since she was old enough to and has been homeschooled the whole time. Because of this, the only people she's around are the kids at the daycare and her coworkers, and she does not intend on making any friends her age. Salomon is the only boy in a family of seven. His mother died during childbirth of his last sister three years ago, and his father has been working hard to support everyone. His father's work moves the whole family to the itty bitty town of Clover, and Salomon is anxious to meet everybody there.