Rue has always known her mother was mad. Just one of those family quirks, you know? Rue knows she’s mad too (how else do you explain seeing men with deer heads and plants bowing to her mother), but unlike her mother, she can at least pretend she’s not. So when Rue’s mother disappears one night after an argument with her father, Rue has had a lot of practice in pretending everything is fine. But when the police come to arrest her father, it gets harder and harder to pretend.