Celina, a tween who hangs out with other kids her age one summer, gets caught up in helping an old woman take care of her cat so she doesn't get in trouble for throwing an egg at the woman's face. More
Celina throws the egg right at the old, crazy cat lady Silly Sally by accident because her eyes were closed, but the other kids don’t know that and think Celina is the greatest for doing it. After the kids run away so they don’t get caught, Silly Sally makes Celina promise to get her new Siamese cat, Constantine, off her refrigerator or else Celina’s father would find out about her egg prank. Celina’s worst fear is disappointing her father again.
On Celina’s first try with Constantine, he scratches her up and the sight of the blood reminds her of her mother’s murder she witnessed a year before and has all but blocked out. As the summer unravels and Celina’s lies to people pile up in effort to hide from her father her terrible act, she must decide how to make emotional decisions and bold confrontations, all to other people, a peculiar cat, and herself, to make everything okay again. A novella.