Then a hike in the woods goes wrong. Initially lost, Megan finds herself on the Appalachian Trail. But rather than use this information to find her way home, she decides to set out on a trip that will change her life.
For what the book is (an adventure book aimed at middle readers), it's a surprisingly effective story. Megan is a bit too annoying at first and her transformation toward maturity doesn't always ring true (for example, when she figures out on her own how to gut and cook a fish), but the storytelling has a predictably pleasing arc. Yes, we all know that Megan will gain perspective and maturity, but it is no less enjoyable to read about it in the knowing. The reconciliation with her friend seems tacked on, but offers additional pay-off in the novel's happy ending.