Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a sequel to Miami Morning. Leila works on her new group, OccupyAbility, bringing together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic, who wants to design and build better wheelchairs. This becomes OccupyAbility’s first endeavor.
Her relationship with Mark evolves, with a major speedbump along the way. At the same time she discovers both her father and mother have secret lives.
Told from multiple points of view, Cran Birdsall and Dov Lindahl also contribute their stories. Dov 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. But after a terrible racing accident, his life takes a different course.
Raoul, Leila’s former student who is hearing impaired, is back, along with the erstwhile Maria, driven Estrella, shapeshifter Skye, protege Mr. R., and competent Sherri. And so is Mrs. Grisjun, the combative guidance counselor. How is she connected to the cryptic stones Leila finds in the playground’s garden?
Then there’s lunch with Caroline, who always speaks her mind.
After the school year, Leila and Mark travel to Africa. First they go to Rwanda to visit the clinic Mark helped found. Then they travel to South Africa, where Leila meets her mentor, Baruti, and introduces him to Mark. She finds her friend the NGO director, Anna Larssen, is in trouble, and knows she has to take action.
How will Leila and her friends respond to the challenges they face in a post-truth world? And will she at long last see the flamingos?