Twelve year old Miranda Amelia Harden has lived all her life on her grandfather's ranch in the mountains. All she wants is to stay there, but the rest of the world can't seem to leave her alone. She has only two questions. How young is too young to know what you want? How young is too young to get it?
Nowadays a young person out on a ranch or a farm somewhere in the middle of nowhere could easily be as connected – internet-wise – as anybody else in the world. She could be out there all alone and yet still have a social network and manage all of the family finances as long as she had a smart phone and wireless service. How might that change a sort of Anne of Green Gables story? That’s partly what “The Girl in the Trees” is about. It’s also a sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy of a young person who just wants to be left alone.