The story being told here - young girl lost - was told in two ways. The primary story was the search for a young girl who disappeared. The overreaching message of the book was the search by another young girl - Sam - for meaning in her somehow scattered life.The author does a good job with plot and I didn't guess the eventual ending until it was thrust upon me. There were several passages that brought tears to my eyes. Good, quick book that is grounded in a sad reality - the disappearance of that which we hold dear and familiar.