Michelle is barely hanging on. Her drug addicted mother is in jail, again, and Michelle has to take care of her younger brother and sister, making sure they don't get split up into separate foster homes. The aunt who takes them in demands $300 in rent money, today, which will take every penny of Michelle's paycheck from Taco Bell. While at work she is approached by Tim who tells her his stepsister is Michelle's half sister. Michelle always knew her good for nothing biological father had another family but the two girls have never met. Now Leah has reached out to tell Michelle that their father is dying in a hospice in California and says he has an heirloom to pass on to Michelle. With thing so bad Michelle figures she's got nothing left to lose and sets off on a road trip with all of her siblings and Tim to confront the father who left them all.
This story started slowly for me as the characters and desperate circumstances were being established. But once the road trip started the story picked up. The growing relationship between the siblings was well done but I especially appreciated the ending. Things were not tied up neatly for Michelle but she had a different perspective on what she had. This is a nice family story.