In this modern-day suburban town, one percent of all fatalities come about in the most peculiar way. Deaths — eight-foot-tall, silver-gray creatures — send a letter ("Dear So-and-So, your days are numbered") to whomever is chosen for a departure, telling them to wrap up their lives and do the things they always wanted to do before they have to "depart." When 16-year-old Gabriela receives her notice, she is devastated. Will she kiss her crush before it's too late? Friendship, first love, and fantasy artfully mesh in this magically realistic world that ultimately celebrates life.