Gianna Z has less than one week to collect, identify, and creatively display 25 leaves for her science project-or else she wont be able to compete in the upcoming cross-country sectionals race. As the deadline for her leaf project draws near, life keeps getting in the way. Some things are within Gees control, like her own procrastination, but others arent, like Biana Rinaldis attempts at sabotage and Nonnas declining health. If it werent for her best friend Zig, Gee wouldnt 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.