Charley, who is 12 years old, is not only recovering from a car accident but also from the loss of her mom. It's going to be a long summer, until she spies a wild coyote who is as damaged as she is. Hungry, lonely, afraid, Coyote slowly comes to trust in Charley to provide his needs--food and friendship. This story tells of the relationship between these two needy beings. It is slow going as it would be in real life to gain the trust of a wild animal.