Aimee’s dead, and everyone believes that her best friend helped her commit suicide. After Aimee dies, after the trial, after the move to the new town, she’s completely alone—paralyzed by the loneliness, guilt and anger at everyone’s suppression of the truth. Isolated, she writes in her journal, and gradually lets readers into her world. A world where parents don’t listen, therapists don’t help, and best friends betray you.
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
On St. Helena Island, South Carolina, fifteen year-old Rose meets and marries Rene, a Yankee from Brooklyn, New York, who takes her north to his home where she encounters many differences in attitudes and lifestyles. The joys, heartaches, fears, and struggles of a young woman in transition from child to woman are expressed in diary form as she tries to make a place for herself far from her family and familiar environment.