Emma wishes her mother would have said her name out loud before she named her, because Emma Freke, pronounced "freak," certainly feels like one. She doesn't look like anyone in her family, and at twelve years old, is almost six feet tall. School is painful and lonely and when she is given the opportunity to be homeschooled, she takes it. Her mother is young, eccentric, and irresponsible and she doesn't even know who her father is. When she gets an invitation to the Freke Family Reunion, she decides it is time for her to see who her people are and see if maybe with the Frekes, she belongs.