Vicky Austin's always reassuring and consistent life is changing completely. As if being a teenage isn't hard enough, her older brother John is leaving for college this fall, and Maggy an orphan who the Austin's opened their home to 2 years ago, has gone to live with her legal guardian. And to make matters worse she and the rest of the family are leaving the quiet country to live in the heart of New York City.
Before the big move. the entire family is taking a tortuous trip across country in their squishy station wagon, and will stop along the way to camp out. Wild animal attacks. Life-threatening natural disasters, cute boys on the prowl, anything can happen in the great outdoors.