Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a sequel to Miami Morning: A Leila Payson Novel. Leila must decide whether to make a major career change. She must choose to stay as a teacher, or quit in order to run a new group that brings together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic and former student, who wants to design and build better wheelchairs. With her help, he prepares for a wheelchair race.
Her relationship with Mark evolves, and she discovers her mother and father both have secret lives. Meanwhile, her friend Dov, an event planner from South Beach, goes to Cuba in search of his new love, Nìco, the hunky bird guide. Cran, the father of Leila’s friend Charles, and husband of the erstwhile Berry, loves his vintage cars. After a racing accident, his life takes a different course.
Raoul, Leila’s former hearing-impaired student, is back, along with the quixotic Maria Picot, and the combative guidance counselor Mrs. Grisjun. And then there’s lunch with Leila's oldest friend, Caroline, who always speaks her mind.
On summer vacation, Leila and Mark return to Africa, where they have both worked before. Her eyes are opened when she sees Mark's work in Rwanda. She visits Dr. Anna Larssen, the director of a ground-breaking group in South Africa, and Baruti, an occupational therapist, whose work influenced her life many years before. And will she at long last see the flamingos in the wild?