On her first day at school her special pencils are stolen. Afraid she will be in very big trouble, she runs away to the bracken fern that grows tall by the whispering creek, where the bower bird struts with his prize of blue buttons and the magpie feeds her babies.
It is her safe place. She doesn’t know about real safe places and that these things shouldn’t be happening to her. When Miss Nelson, her teacher, finds her hiding place, Georgia is even more afraid, until she learns that it’s okay to tell.
There are other safe places and people who will protect her.
Things can get better.