Until Piper Berry is ten years old, life is simple and stable in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina. She lives with her mom and dad, spends time listening to her grandmother s stories, and has fun with her best friend aunt, who is also her age. But then her parents divorce. Her mother goes back to college and her father remarries. Suddenly, Piper has to deal with a whole new set of circumstances, such as trying to fit in with her step family and spending less time with her mother, who is busy with classes and new boyfriends. Faced with these challenges, Piper learns to express herself through poetry, and discovers that her newfound talent can open the door to her dreams.