Cora Matthews, the principal's gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer's type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn't return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together by the most unlikely intermediary: her eight-year-old brother, Jaime.
Keith's mother is dead, but that doesn't mean she's stopped trying to help him turn his life around. His dad, however, doesn't see any reason he or Keith should stop drinking or using drugs. Ashley and her two best friends have never known real love. When the girls make a road trip into a larger city near their home on the Oklahoma plains, they stumble upon a book at an estate sale that might be the answer to their romantic problems.
Ten-year-old Finlay finds an abandoned puppy while he is on a paper route. He and his friends name the Collie puppy Brandy, but there is a problem. Finlay's Dad says that they cannot bring a puppy up in a sweet and newspaper shop. Dad says they must comply with the Health and Safety rules. But Gran comes up with an answer - Brandy stays without challenging the health regulations.