It is 1932 in Harlan County, Kentucky. Times are tough in the mining community, especially for thirteen-year-old Adabel Cutler and her family. Adabel struggles to figure out her own identity while dealing with her volatile father, her dutiful sister, and her defiant brother. As she fights to keep her family together, and her family fights to survive, Adabel attempts to uncover the reason behind her mother’s disappearance, which she can – t seem to remember. Â This beautifully written and deeply felt coming-of-age novel includes an author’s note, bibliography, and archival images.