Kiara Jones-Birkell knows a lot about the Birkell side of herfamily, and nothing about the Joneses. The one time she triedto ask about her mother's relatives, her mom turned a spookygreenish-white color and refused to talk to anyone. So it comesas quite a shock when Kiara learns that the grandmother shenever knew she had is expected to die at any moment.Suddenly Kiara finds herself on a train heading for Baltimore- and her mother's secret past. There she meets Zenobia, theworld's most stubborn grandmother, who is as eruptive asMount Vesuvius. Kiara can't understand what Zenobia couldpossibly have against her - is it simply the fact that her skin isdark like mocha latte, while all her cousins are white? Or isthere, as Kiara's mother keeps hinting, much more to the story?Told from the point of view of a teenager with spot-onobservations and hilarious insights, this is the story of threegenerations of stubborn - and charmingly funny - women.