This is a novel of friendship and respect. Set in the aftermath of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, the story begins with a family’s ordeal in setting up a new life in a new place. Amelia, a young girl, still has nightmares about the volcano when she begins school anew. Here she meets Johnny, the best student in class who is an Aeta with the funniest hair she has ever seen. When she learns from her small friend is not only a lesson in Biology class or herbal medicine but how openness and understanding can overcome the most stubborn prejudices.