At the bottom of the chute, the black squirrel led Roo to a near-dead garden, which she decided to care for herself.
When Roo heard the humming again, she went straight back through the chute to the door where it was coming from, meeting Phillip, her cousin. They don't get along until Roo manages to calm him down from a tantrum and returns the package she had stolen; a bone from a coyote puzzle.
"So that the coyote won't limp."
"But why are you giving it back?"
Roo, after getting to know Jack more, trusted him with the secret of her garden and took him to help heal it. And, after it she began to trust Phillip more, Roo secretly took him to the garden as well, because she learned that it was originally his and his mother's before she died.
"You can hear the earth?"
"I can hear it. It's louder now. The earth."
Phillip, day by day, was getting more and more healthy. However, Phillip's doctor, Dr. Oulette, had been trying to convince Roo's uncle to send Phillip to his clinic, and he provoked Phillip, leading him to attack Oulette. With that, Mr. Fanshaw, unaware of his son's improvement, sent him to the clinic.
"Emmett Fanshaw, Emmett Fanshaw, Emmett Fanshaw!"
Roo, desperate to get her cousin back, remembered the myth of the vines that summoned people. She knew they grew in the garden, and climbed to the top of a tree to recite her uncle's name three times.
Miraculously, Emmett did come back, and found the garden, alive and flourishing. He revealed that he closed off the garden because he illegally snuck the flower that he had seen when he had first met his wife back as a present, but she was bit by a spider that lived among its petals and died. Mr. Fanshaw decided that the house, and his wife, was calling him back to his son.
"She was calling me back to Phillip."
After that, Phillip came home, and Mr. Fanshaw fixed the garden. They were at peace. The end. ♥
"Hey, what are you thinking about?"
"Really? I'll teach you. You'll see. By the end of the summer, you'll be swimming like a dolphin."
"I'm thinking I might like to learn how to swim."