Born to poverty and abandoned at birth by her father, by the age of five her mother is dead and Tuki Banjo is homeless. Stuck and forgotten in an overcrowded New Zealand orphanage, at fifteen she moves in with the Roberts family on a small horse farm in quiet, rural Cambridge. Barely five-feet-tall and ninety pounds, she arrives on their doorstep an angry and bitter teenager. She yearns to fly away, to migrate like a bird or a butterfly, to escape the emotional jail cell of her childhood. She hides her emotions from the family and invests them in the horses she cares for. All too soon she learns that horses on a breeding farm are temporary, but memories are eternal. At eighteen, desperate to escape her unhappy upbringing, Tuki flees to Los Angeles. Befriended by Deacon Truth, an irrepressible, street-smart twenty-two-year-old Cincinnati refugee in search of a life of his own, her fortune soon changes. A combination of hard work, good luck, and odd coincidence catapults Tuki from a life of quiet anonymity into L. A. s over-hyped world of instant celebrity. With her sudden fame come new problems and decisions. Thrust onto a world stage, surrounded by everything a young woman could possibly want, Tuki is forced to face her toughest choice of all. At stake are the fates of a very diverse cast of richly developed characters, each with totally different dreams. Their destinies in her hands, everything comes down to one sudden, split-second decision. And what she does will shock the world.