Perched amid the leaves of the Osage orange tree in her stepfather';s backyard, Beryl Fonteyn observes the life around her--Mama';s desperate attempts to gain Jack';s approval by writing her novel, which he mercilessly critiques; her brother Stevie';s unhealthy fascination with acting out events from the Bible; and Jack';s obsession with his bees--all the while imagining that her runaway father will one day return. But as Beryl';s adolescent turmoil collides with the confines of Jack';s eccentric home, a shattering secret will divide their loyalties--and in one irrevocable moment the home that Beryl';s family has found, their shelter in the storm, will be torn apart forever. . . . From the Trade Paperback edition.