Celie had always known that one day her home, her town, would be gone. But when someday becomes today, her life begins to change faster than she’d ever thought it would.

The letter came while she was in school, and she picked it up at the post office on her way home. It was the final notice from the Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission. They had to be out of their house by April 1. Out of the house where Celie had grown up, where Gram had lived almost all of her life. Out of the town that was slowly dying, where everyone knew each other and their histories, away from friends, and families, and homes, and even graveyards. The water commission didn’t care about any of that. They’d pay a fair market price for the homes and the land, and that would be that.

Is it better to cling to the past, or to turn your back and look toward the future? During the spring of 1938, Celie finds out.