Melia's mother has just died and now she is responsible for taking care of her two younger siblings and the family gas station, Brenda's Oasis. She has never met her father and the only one looking out for her family is their lawyer, Chester. As if this wasn't enough to deal with, Harley Blevins, the owner of every other gas station in the area, is trying everything he can to get his hands on their store. Melia knows that soon people will start questioning who is going to take care of them and if they can't come up with something they will be separated, sent into foster care, and they will lose Brenda's Oasis. Can Melia come up with a solution despite a seemingly never-ending spell of bad luck?
This book is set in the Depression-era (1930s) in Virginia. It is written from Melia's point of view. It is clear that she isn't very educated, although she is very tough and smart, so her accent and less-than-civilized way of talking comes out in the writing. This story has a lot of love, loss, heartbreak, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I think anyone who appreciates a strong, independent character who will never give up will appreciate this book. I highly recommend it!