ABOUT THE BOOK
Gramps says that I am a country girl
at heart, and that is true. Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle,
proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood,"
travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along
the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who
received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and
whose mother disappeared.
Beneath Phoebe's story is Salamanca's own story and that of her
mother, who left one April morning for Idaho, promising to return
before the tulips bloomed. Sal's mother has not, however, returned,
and the trip to Idaho takes on a growing urgency as Salamanca hopes
to get to Idaho in time for her mother's birthday and bring her
back, despite her father's warning that she is fishing in the air.
Part of the trip winds through the Black Hills to Mount Rushmore
and on through Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park. Sal continues
Phoebe's story, telling how the two girls report Mrs. Winterbottom's
disappearance to the police.