An old woman, caring for her grandson as best she can, which is none too good, burns up in their shack of a house. His mother dead, his father unknown, he and his several cats are taken in by Max Harper. It is soon discovered that the fire was arsen. Around this same time, Debbie Kraft and her two daughters move in on Clyde, Ryan and Joe. She is an unwelcome guest, whining and lazy. Her oldet daughter torments Clyde's dog and is mean to her little sister. Debbie is the aunt of young Billy, but has no interest in him. Whrn hef daughtef Tessa's cat shows up, he tries to comfort thr sad four year old. He talks to her as she goes to sleep, being the one bright spot of her day.
But who killed Hesmerra and why? Where is Billy's father? And who are the two people Dulcie and Joe Grey find buried one atop the other in a shallow grave?
But all is not sorrowful. Dulcie has a happy secret, of the kind that can't remain a secret much longer!