When another girl is born to Chu Ju's mother, it is quickly determined that the baby must be sent away. Chinese law states that a family may have only two children, and tradition dictates that every family should have a boy. Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju knows she cannot allow her sister to be sent to an orphanage and so she sets out in the middle of the night, vowing never to return.
Gloria Whelan is a bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award in the USA. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods of northern Michegan.