Summer is used to traveling around while her family works to harvest wheat. But she is not looking forward to it in a year that is already full of bad luck. Her bad luck continues when her parents have to go to Japan due to a family emergency and Summer and her little brother Jaz are left with their grandparents. Summer's relationship with her grandmother is already tense due to Obaachan's demanding nature and dealing with her severe back pain isn't helping matters. But there is no time to rest when nature dictates the timing of their work. I'm a fan of some of other Kadohata's books but this one didn't capture me and I don't see it being something that I'll be able to sell to kids.