Lyla has just started her second year of high school when a magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Christchurch to pieces.
Devastation is everywhere. While her police officer mother and trauma nurse father respond to the disaster, Lyla puts on a brave face, opening their home to neighbours and leading the community clean-up.
But soon she discovers that it's not only familiar buildings and landscapes that have vanished - it's friends and acquaintances too.
As the earth keeps shaking day after day, can Lyla find a way to cope with her new reality?