A survival story ... but survival is not what you think.
Walker Rivers--an urban nerd that is decidedly not John Muir—is the first girl in her family to be left alone for a week in the California mountains on the traditional coming-of-age solo, where boys become men by conquering Nature. But girls...?
Right away her solo goes awry. She's a coder after all, not a conquerer. She can recite all sorts of factoids from Raven’s Nature Encyclopedia, but she has to let go of everything she "knows" about Nature and learn to listen with her heart. That intuition--and a coyote--leads her on a journey deeper into the wilderness to a majestic, yet vulnerable valley and an endangered species desperately in need of a hero. She discovers, to her surprise, that her survival is not what is at stake.