Jack is camping out on vacation in Acadia National Park with his mother. He wakes up the first morning of vacation and his mother is gone - both her tent and car are missing. All Jack has is his small tent, a sleeping bag, and fourteen dollars.
Because they were going to stay in Acadia for three nights, Jack hangs around hoping his mother would return. When she doesn't, he must make a decision-tell an adult what happened and ask for help or try to get home to Boston on his own. Complicating his decision, is his firm belief that if he asks for help, he will surely be taken away from his mother because she has done this before. And Jack does love his mother despite her episodes of "spinning" out of control.
This is a book that will make you think about many things, especially about love and trust. I won't hesitate to recommend this book to just about anyone - it's a wonderful book.
And as a bonus, it has renewed my interest in and fondness for elephants!
"It is known that one elephant who was rather slow in learning his tricks and had been punished severely by his master's beating, was discovered later that night, alone in his tent, practicing those tricks."
-Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book III