by Lainie Lee


On a rainy day near Buttonwillow, she stole a ride.

The stowaway hitchhiker called herself Kelly, or maybe Esperanza. She seemed to be haunted by the ghost of an old man…but was the true story even stranger?

Intrigued by her mystery, Walter takes the teenage waif home, against his better judgement. Slowly the story comes out. And something else begins to happen, too.

Is Kelly really who she says she is? A teenage runaway? A ghost? Her story keeps changing.

And Walt discovers he cares what happens to Kelly…and Esperanza means Hope

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