Matthew fears a dull summer with his best friend Kyle away and his mother nearing completion of yet another pregnancy. Matthew decides to spend his summer in the library researching science and physics questions related to the dilation of time.
The first of four sons born to a preacher and homemaker, Matthew comes across an unusual girl named Dinah. The girl appears to be homeless and somewhat scary to the young preteen but Matthew dares to approach the girl and a friendship is initiated between the preacher's son and the homeless girl.
The children explore science, religion, family interactions, music and poetry as they dare to delve into the world of the other. Matthew begins to explore his feelings apart from what he is taught in his close-knit family and he discovers that, by reaching out, his ideas of love and honor grow even stronger.
As the summer draws to an end, the two friends part company and Matthew is left with feelings of having grown in ways important to his own development. The book is an easy read and is well written to trigger questions in the preteen. The author has dealt with issues of science, religion and interpersonal judgments in a kind and respectful manner which should delight parents wishing for their children to explore their own inner feelings.