When Belle Prater disappears, Belle s boy, Woodrow, comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia. Woodrow s cousin Gypsy is the town beauty, but she has hidden sorrows and secrets of her own. She wonders how Woodrow can accept his mother s disappearance when she s never gotten over her father s death. That s when Woodrow tells Gypsy the secret about his mother. From the Trade Paperback edition. "