All it took was a sweet stray dog to change the life of12-year-old Summer Larsen and those around her. Summer has abig heart and maturity beyond her years. And Shadow, namedfor always following her around, was destined to be her dog.But for how long? And at what price? With controversybuilding in the neighborhood, Summer is determined to dowhat's right and care for Shadow. With the help of areclusive neighbor and a nerdy boy picked on by the popularkids, she learns a worthy lesson that following yourconscience is not always easy ... but the reward can beinvaluable.