One year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds her younger sister-the piece of her that has been missing for years. With no picture, not even a name, Naomi knows her search will be difficult. All she remembers from her long-ago past is a strawberry field at night, and the black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.
The few leads that she has bring her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. Naomi soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found floating in the dirty waters of the river. Though reluctant to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year-old girl named Celia.
Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing left but belief in the butterflies, her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of her hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood-the butterfly museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.
As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia are forced to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you've been found? Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2020
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial, August 2020
Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.3 W × 0.6 H
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