Bestselling author Patricia H. Rushford begins a new mystery series for middle grade readers, set in the cascade Mountains of Washington. Max hunter and Jessie Miller are unlikely best friends. Both girls are 12 years old; Max is wild and independent, Jessie is calm and thoughtful. Both have secrets: Max has a troubled home life she tries to keep well-hidden; Jessie is fighting leukemia. But they look after one another and form a deep and abiding friendship that carries them through life when everything falls apart. Jessie and her best friend Max do everything together. Jessie tries to keep Max out of trouble, which is not easy since her friend is wild and adventurous. Soon Jessie begins to notice things Max has tried to keep hidden: like that her stepparents are drug dealers, at the risk of losing their friendship, Jessie decides to confront Max with the truth.