After graduating from high school, class valedictorian Julia travels to Poultney, Vermont, to visit her older sister, and while she is there she learns about long-held family secrets that have shaped her into the person she has grown up to be.
Four girls brought together at a home for girls bond and form their own family, which they call The Invisibles. Their close family circle exhibits cracks when a tragedy occurs.. Three leave after graduation while one remains behind. Fifteen years later with one of them in crisis, The Invisibles gather together and the truth about their lives surfaces.
Thirteen days. That's all Bernadette, "Bird," Sincavage has left to go until she's done with her probation and can be free again. Free from making payments to the supermarket she wrote bad checks to. Free from living at home with her overzealous mother who's constantly nagging her about attending church again. Free to give her four-year-old son, Angus, the normal life he deserves. Her impending freedom and move to Moon Lake, where she's plunked down...
Since her mother's suicide, high school junior Marin has been able to see others' pain as colors and shapes, but what she sees in the head of classmate Cassie, who forced her to participate in a weird conjoining rite, is much more frightening and deadly.
When Pippa and Jack's mother died of cancer their world seemed to fall apart: Pippa stopped talking altogether, and Jack started picking fights, and neither of them knows how to cope with the painful and awkward sympathy from their friends and classmates--but when they learn that their father's business is failing and he is growing desperate for money they realize that there is a possibility that they will lose another parent, this time to jail.