Addy is an O’Donnell, and O’Donnell’s are nothing but trouble.
Years ago, Addy’s father left for Texas, leaving Addy and her mother behind. On the wedding day of Mr. Frank (the local school teacher) and Miss Irene, Addy’s mother runs off in search of her husband. Twelve year old Addy is left behind yet again.
Mr. Frank and his bride take Addy home with them. There she works along side the couple in taking care of the house and the land. Mr. Frank takes Addy to school. Addy is living a normal, stable life for the first time ever.
But then she witnesses a terrible, senseless event, and her father comes to collect her from Mr. Frank and Miss Irene. She returns to No-Bob – the area where the O’Donnell clan lives – and tries to settle into the life she had left behind. While there, she discovers her family’s involvement in the tragic event she witnessed previously. This causes Addy to run away, and cross No-Bob for the last time.