Reesie Boone just knows that 13 is going to be her best year yet, because this will be the year she makes her very first fashion design on her Ma Maw's sewing machine. She'll skip down the streets of New Orleans in her design with her best friends, Ayanna and Orlando, and everyone will look at her in admiration.<br /><br />But on Reesie's birthday, everything changes. Hurricane Katrina hits her city. Stranded at home alone, Reesie takes refuge with her elderly neighbor, Miss Martine. The waters rise. They escape in a boat. And soon Reesie is reunited with her family. But her journey back home has only begun.