Her neighbors thought she was missing.
Her mother didn’t want her to return.
Her grandparents don’t know she’s coming.
Working Title: Follow Fifty Home
Twelve-year-old Willie Fortune lives with her mother Ruby in a small town where kids climb trees, ride their bikes to the park, and on hot summer nights, come home when the stars come out. Ruby, a single mother looking for love, spends most of her time working, drinking, or out with men. Most of the time, Willie takes care of herself.
An accident leaves Ruby unable to work. A seedy boyfriend takes advantage of the situation and becomes an unwelcome house guest. Willie, harassed by the boyfriend, steals away in the early hours of the morning, leaveing her home in search of a new one. With nothing but two photographs to guide her to grandparents she’s never spoken to, Willie sets out on a cross-country journey along Highway 50 to become the person she was meant to be.
Follow Fifty Home is a coming-of-age story of a young’s girl’s passage from innocence to knowing. This is poignant tale of survival and desire to be more than you are destined to be.