Rylan O’Hare has been drifting apart from his best friend, Wilder, for months. So when Wilder invites Rylan to join him at a summer farming program in France, Rylan sees it as a chance to repair the friendship. Not only that, but he'll get to learn French, milk goats, and eat lots (and lots) of delicious cheese.
But before they take off, Rylan's mom drops a bomb: his father, who he hasn't seen in ten years, lives in France, too, and he wants to meet.
Between being swarmed by bees, harassed by pigeons, and sprayed with goat milk, Rylan's great French escape isn't quite what he thought it would be. And he still can't decide whether or not he should actually meet his father. But somewhere in all the chaos, Rylan begins to find his way, and he realizes that sometimes you have to release old expectations to discover new destinations.
There are zero reasons for Theo Ripley to look forward to his family vacation. Not only are he, sister Laura, and nature-obsessed Dad going to Big Bend, the least popular National Park, but once there, the family will be camping. And Theo is an indoor animal. It doesn’t help that this will be the first vacation they’re taking since Mom passed away.
Once there, the family contends with 110 degree days, wild bears, and an annoying amateur ornithologist and his awful teenage vlogger son. Then, Theo’s dad hits him with a whopper of a surprise: the whole trip is just a trick to introduce his secret new girlfriend.
Theo tries to squash down the pain in his chest. But when it becomes clear that this is an auditioning-to-be-his-stepmom girlfriend, Theo must find a way to face his grief and talk to his dad before his family is forever changed.