Esther Page has been trying to keep things together for as long as she can remember. Valley--that's her mama--has always gotten funny notions, like gardening indoors or living like the Amish do, without any electricity. And Esther has always cleaned up after those notions and watched out for her little sister, Ruth. But Valley's notions are getting wilder, and too many people are asking questions about what's going on at home. It seems to Esther that the only person who can help is Ezekiel--the father she can barely remember. Ezekiel was a preacher, that much is certain, so Esther takes Ruth on a search through all the churches in town. Somebody, somewhere, must know about Ezekiel. But no matter how she tries, the clues Esther discovers aren't adding up to the father she hoped to find.