In the quiet, close-knit community of Cedar Bridge, everybody knows everybody. But a deeply rooted prejudice against adoption simmers underneath the community's friendly, welcoming faces. Due to a past tragedy involving a disturbed, adopted child, Cedar Bridge has never been able to accept adoption as normal. Their fears and suspicion boil over when Essie Taylor moves to town. Essie is an average, junior high student who likes hanging out with friends, doesn't always see eye to eye with her parents and loves acting in plays. Her talent and outgoing personality land her an important role in Cedar Bridge Junior Academy's musical. But Essie's life is quickly turned into a fight for survival when she learns that she was adopted. She is what everyone fears and hates. Will Essie be able to accept who she is and find acceptance in a town whose minds are already decided against her?Humphry, Christy is the author of 'Fire And Water ', published 2005 under ISBN 9781413787405 and ISBN 1413787401.