Willow had her first day of school at Happy Valley Middle School.
When they took their State Testing, Willow was accused of cheating, and was sent to the Principals Office and was assigned a counseling session with Mr. Dell Duke every week
Willow had her first meeting with her new counselor, Dell Duke.
While waiting on her session to begin, Willow meets a new friend Mia, and she is waiting on her brother Quang-ha. Mia and Willow become great friends.
A couple of days later, Dell Duke was driving Willow home with Mia and her brother. When they arrived, Willow got the news that her parents were in a car accident, and they had died.
Pattie, Mia mother, said that she would take care of Willow until they found a foster home for her, or some long lost relatives for her to live with. They stayed in a garage, which is where Pattie, and her kids lived.