Ben Watson has been shuffled from foster home to foster home since he was 5 years old. Seven homes in six years. He's gotten used to blanking folks out, leaving them behind, and waiting for the day when he can leave foster care forever. Now, at the age of 11, Ben's just arrived at home number eight. But he's finding it hard to blank out the Torgles, his new foster parents, and their house full of strays: the 7-year-old twins, Kate and Jango, and the baby, Grover G. Graham. Grover's just over a year old and always getting into trouble, but Ben can't help liking the little guy — especially since Grover was abandoned by his teenage mother, just like Ben was. The only difference is that Grover's mother, Tracey, is still trying to get custody of her child. But Ben is convinced Tracey will abandon Grover again. So when he gets the chance to escape from the system, Ben takes it. And he takes Grover with him.