Brooks, the oldest, has started drinking and hanging out with a bad crowd. Palmer, the youngest, has panic attacks that she hides and an outward veneer of not caring. May, the middle child, is at her wits end trying to hold the rest of them together while their mother works nights to try and make ends meet.
Meanwhile, their fathers golden firebird sits in the garage growing more and more dusty every day.
While there is some romantic interest in this book (as Pete tries to help May learn to drive and they learn they mean more to each other than someone to pull jokes on), the story is really about the Gold sisters finally being able to move on with their lives and pull together again. The crowning moment is when they all learn to work and love together again.
Not every problem is wrapped up by the final page, but you have a sense of hope that everything is going to work out okay. I recommend this book for ages 12 and up.