Gianna Z has less than one week to collect, identify, and creatively display 25 leaves for her science projectâ€”or else she wonâ€™t be able to compete in the upcoming cross-country race. As the deadline for her leaf project draws near, life keeps getting in the way. Some things are within Geeâ€™s control, like her own procrastination, but others arenâ€™t, like Biana Rinaldiâ€™s attempts at sabotage and Nonnaâ€™s declining health. If it werenâ€™t for her best friend Zig, Gee wouldnâ€™t have a chance at finishing. His knowledge of trees and leaves in their rural Vermont town comes in very handy, as does his loyalty to Gee. But when Nonna disappears one afternoon, things like leaves and cross-country meets suddenly seem less important.