Going back isn’t an option. Not for 18-year-old Cassie Krebs who has spent her life in a desert commune. About to be married off to a church elder almost twice her age, she escapes with the help of her mother.
When her old bucket-of-bolts car breaks down in Jackpot Junction, Nevada, and Cassie finds herself with no money and no place to live, she accepts the first job offer. But now, after six years of spinning a roulette wheel, Cassie is ready for change. She just doesn’t know what.
When a traveling writing instructor posts an ad on the local bulletin board advertising a memoir writing class and the Secrets of the Universe, Cassie is compelled to go. With old memories twisted up inside her, she is determined to move beyond the guilt, grief and anxiety of her childhood.
But what she finds is a series of truths that lead her across three continents… and to her ultimate destination, home, where she must set one heart-wrenching truth free once and for all.