Twelve-year-old Namelok can't tell anyone about the mother black rhino and her baby that she found in the bush while collecting firewood for her Maasai tribe. She vows to protect them always, visit them often, and to keep them secret. But she suddenly finds that she has many secrets to keep as she hurtles toward womanhood at a speed that is much too fast for her. When her initiation into womanhood threatens her secret visits, Namelok must say goodbye to her precious animal friends. Before she can, though, she makes a horrifying discovery, one that sends her on a harrowing journey into the bush in a desperate search for poachers and the justice they deserve. Can she delay her entrance into womanhood and convince her father that not all of the new ways are bad? Cristina Kessler has written a powerful and authentic story of a young girl's love for a rhino mother and her baby, and of her courage to challenge tradition to defend them.