What would you do if you had been out of the country for several months to help outhers and then returned to find your life has totally changed; your family is gone; you have very little money; your credit cards do not work; and you think the government is trying to arrest you? Would you do what Radley did – start walking to the Canadian border? Radley runs into another girl on her way to Canada. She, too, is obviously running, but she doesn’t communicate much to Radley. The two of them make it, but they are too afraid to let anyone know that they are in the country or that they need help. They forage for food and then a mysterious benefactor begins leaving them things to help them survive the winter in the cabin they found in the woods.
This is really a story of friendship in times of chaos, but it is also a story of how drastic changes in government might affect the lives of people. Radley eventually learns the truth about what happened to her parents, and the truth about her traveling companion; but she also learns that life is too precious to live with regrets and sorrows. I definitely recommend this for high school readers.
I included the picture from the paperback I had for reviewing. I noticed that there is a different cover on the hardback version, and in some ways I think that cover more accurately depicts the walk of Radley. If you go looking for this book do not let my picture influence your decision as to which book you are getting.