Ramona Shaw was at that point in adolescence where she wanted all the world perfect but she couldn't help seeing its shabbiness and the flaws of its in- abitants. Violence invaded her life when two helpless neighbors were hatcheted to . By helping one of the suspects -- her first real crush -- to hide, Ramona becomes deeply involved. Although he is eventually released, the case remains open and all through her highschool years she wonders and watches her neighbors. She finds out who did it and the reader will find that ""only a mystery"" can pinpoint a time-- the , a place -- Wichita, and an uncomfortable age to be -- 15.