Ryan is a talented six-foot, six-inch teenage athlete with everything going for him.until the winter day his mom starts acting spooky. "Pack your suitcase, Ryan," she tells him but refuses to say more. As he and his parents set out on a tension-laden journey west, he wonders if it has anything to do with the mysterious package his mom just received.
Joan, a high school senior and an orphan, lives with her cantankerous and often blitzed grandmother. All she wants is someone to love her, and the only place she finds it is in the eyes of the kind pastor whose little boy she babysits. Then, in an unguarded moment, Pastor Hank reveals the tragedy that has shaped his life, and Joan's own world is changed forever...
Only a missing brown suitcase-filled with dusty diaries-can connect the pieces of the mysterious puzzle.