Tyler was born and raised on the farm. He is devastated after the death of his grandfather and freak accident that occurred to his father. Tyler is struggling with the grief he feels for his grandfather, while trying to be supportive of his grandmother and mom. His mother senses this, and sends him to be with his aunt and uncle in Boston for a month.
Tyler is surprised by how much he is enjoying himself in Boston. He likes staying with the “Party Animals”. He especially likes going to the Museum of Science and looking through their very powerful telescope. He revisits this memory often through the first half of the book.
Tyler has mixed feelings of the hired help on the farm. He likes Mari and his sisters but does not want to get his family in trouble for hiring illegal aliens. His mother insists on keeping the workers a secret and Tyler can not completely understand why it has to be like this.