During her solitary convalescence from a crippling accident, twelve-year-old Charley finds a wild dog, and the arduous process of training him leads her to explore her feelings about her mother's death two years earlier.
Charley knows a lot about pain. She endures it when she walks on her newly shattered leg, she sees it when her father buries himself in an eighty-hour work week, and she runs from it when she sees photographs her mother took before her death. Then one day, Charley meets a wild, abused dog that knows as much about pain as she does, and, despite herself, she feels an immediate connection and vows to help him. But how will one heartbroken girl help mend the battered spirit of an untamable dog?
While learning to walk again after a horrific accident, twelve-year-old Charley is having a hard time coping with the physical and emotional stresses involved, yet when she sees a dog on the other side of the lake, a special bond is suddenly formed between the two that changes everything in ways in which they could have never imagined. Reprint.