After a year in New York City and a summer with her grandfather, Vicky Austin returns to the rural Connecticut village she grew up in -- and feels totally out of place. Her time away, especially her friendship with Adam Eddington, has changed her. Then Adam introduces Vicky to his Great-aunt Serena, who reminds her of her beloved grandfather, and Vicky begins to find a comfortable, if not exciting, routine to her days. When Serena gives her a trip to Antarctica as a birthday present, Vicky can't believe her luck. Adam will be working at one of the research stations there, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Serena's son.
But the trip is not what she imagined. As Vicky meets her fellow travelers, it quickly becomes clear that some of them are not what they seem -- or they are much more than she knows. She can't tell whom to trust. To make matters worse, Vicky doesn't know where she stands with Adam. He's pulled back, saying they are "just friends." But weren't they more than that?
As Vicky becomes caught up in a mystery involving drugs, nuclear waste, and family secrets, she discovers that life -- hers included -- is as fragile as the ecosystem of Antarctica.
Original title: Troubling a Star
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult