Simoneâ€™s starting her junior year in high school. Her momâ€™s a lawyer for the ACLU, her dadâ€™s a political cartoonist, so sheâ€™s grown up standing outside the organic food coop asking people to sign petitions for worthy causes. Sheâ€™s got a terrific younger brother and amazing friends. And sheâ€™s got a secret crush on a really smart and funny guyâ€“who spends all of his time with another girl.Then her birth mother contacts her. Simoneâ€™s always known she was adopted, but she never wanted to know anything about it. Sheâ€™s happy with her family just as it is, thank you. She learns who her birth mother wasâ€“a 16-year-old girl named Rivka. Who is Rivka? Why has she contacted Simone? Why now? The answers lead Simone to deeper feelings of anguish and love than she has ever known, and to question everything she once took for granted about faith, life, the afterlife, and what it means to be a daughter.From the Hardcover edition.