Joe Pallash is a diner cook, a regular guy with a simple dream: wife, kids and his own restaurant. But when he can’t make enough to get that dream he falls in with Eddie Kite and his drop-dead gorgeous, wife Wanda. Eddie’s a short-fused powder keg of a man who hatches a sketchy get-rich-quick scheme that takes Joe on a ride for his life. It all goes well – a load of cash split two way – enough for Joe to get his dream. But Wanda has other ideas and Joe soon learns that what Wanda wants, Wanda gets. And it’s not pretty or legal.
Estelle Schuller teaches no-talent piano students. Bimmey O'Brien steals dogs for money. Fred Mueller mopes over a failed Julliard audition. Fred's father wants to run away to the Andes. Fred's mother would like to see him go. But the White Sox are about the clinch the American League Pennant, and Bimmey's unmarried sister inspires a betting scheme that changes everything.
Philip Corts has a special gift that his best friend Jake Holdridge won't let him ignore--he can "track" lost objects, people, and even past lives with his mind. But not all trackings have happy endings and Philip vows to lay his gift to rest until... Jake slips into desperation and comes to Philip with a terrifying request: Could he track one more time? Philip must decide: Watch Jake die or try to save him and risk both their lives.
Sydney Baker harbors a painful secret, and it’s not just physical scars she keeps hidden. Just when her world begins to crumble, Sydney receives some startling news. Her grandmother’s farm is now hers to own. She coaxes her family to pack up their city life and move to a small town outside of Chicago.A new home and a new school could mean an end to the terrors that plague Sydney’s life, but will it really be the safe haven she hoped for?