When Sunny's older sister, Jazz, ran away to New York, Sunny was secretly relieved. Everyone loved Jazz, talked about Jazz, wished they were friends with Jazz. Jazz was perfect and Sunny was ... well, not Jazz. Then Jazz's apartment building burns to the ground and she is presumed dead. Sunny's family, already broken by divorce, unravels. Dad's drinking skyrockets, and Mom's depression hits an all-time nonfunctioning low. Sunny is left to cope. Then they get a letter from Jazz saying she is coming home. But how? Jazz is dead, right?
When sixteen-year-old Aphra sneaks away from the island resort where she lives with her father, and travels to Seattle to find the mother she hasn't seen for four years, she doesn't anticipate getting involved in a CIA plot that threatens not only her life, but that of her boyfriend and her mother as well.