Zoe lives happily with her story telling/writer sister Alice, their parents, and Great Pyrennes dogs that they rescue. Then a couple with a small nine year old boy named Philip moves into the neighborhood for the summer and all their lives change. Zoe and her family have lived together very happily and reach out to include Philip in some of their activities. To start with, Philip doesn’t talk to anyone, but then he speaks to one of the dogs, Kodi. During a night summer storm Philip and one of the rescue dogs disappear. Their rescue brings a happy ending to a great book.
Zoe’s family rescues dogs and their house is filled with many of them. A new boy, Phillip moves across the way and has trouble communicating. Zoe tries to use her knowledge of caring for dogs to help him adjust to his new surroundings.