This is really a story about growing up, told through the voice of 14-year-old June Elbus. June is an odd, intelligent, dreamy, socially awkward girl who feels isolated from most people, including her immediate family. Only her Uncle Finn is a kindred spirit and June cherishes and romanticizes their relationship in the way that only a young girl can. When Finn dies of AIDS, events begin to unfold and June discovers that she doesn’t know her uncle (or indeed the rest of her family) nearly as well as she thought. The book explores the complexity of family relationships and how we inadvertently hurt those closest to us through our choices, and sometimes even our sacrifices.