Noah Adair is a 13-year-old boy orphaned on the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s. After his parents die in a flood, his aunt rejects him in favor of his little brother, while his venomous uncle takes to beating him. Noah is very much alone in a world he doesn’t really understand. When he discovers that his life is in danger, he flees into the wilds on a stolen horse. After hiding out in the desert, he decides to track down the remnants of his family and rescue his brother from his uncle’s malicious intent.
Raindrop's World is a collection of vignettes that come together as a whole story. The individual stories, which include "The Imaginary Armadillo," "Raindrop and the Kapok Tree," "The Beetle and the Tree Frog," and "The Explorer's New Home," tell the tale of two leafcutter ants and one very determined little beetle venturing out into the Amazonian Rainforest. They're searching for an extremely old, and wise tree frog.