Theo and her young, irresponsible mother seem trapped forever in their miserable, poverty-stricken life ... but Theo can't stop dreaming of belonging to a "real" family. When she is mysteriously adopted by the large, warm Kaldor family, her dream seems to be coming true. But as time passes, the magic of Theo's new life begins to fade, and soon she finds herself back with her mother. Were the Kaldors real or just a dream? Who is the shadowy figure who haunts Theo's thoughts? And, most importantly, will Theo ever be able to find a real home with a family she can truly call her own?