Thirteen-year-old Toni is a spirited girl, so spirited that her mother is beginning to despair at turning her into a proper lady. She just likes to dance too much Until Toni's aunt convinces her to send Toni to the same convent that the sisters both attended as girls.Toni continues her defiant ways at the convent, sneaking away to dance and celebrate the prairie sunrise. That's how she winds up in the forbidden barn, and that's where she finds the strange little kid Jess, who's cold, hungry and dirty -- and quite obviously beaten up. Toni risks her own safety to bring this runaway home. Will they be able to stick together when Jess's abusive uncle turns up to try and claim her back?