Growing up in the agricultural town of Woodland, California, north of Sacramento, Bertram Brandt enters the 6th grade with the abrupt news of his parent's divorce. Torn by the uncertainty of the situation, Bertram tries to find solace in such interests as astronomy, geography, literature and art. With the lack of familiarity in his life and the constant arguing of his parents, he starts to redefine what relationships mean to him, his own place in the world and amongst all of the questioning, a sort of mutual infatuation is made with a fellow classmate by the name of Ari. At home, Bertram is able to find companionship with his dog Darling while the matters of a living situation remains a mystery. A life built around tradition and a certain way of living, the thoughts arise of what else is in the world, even in his own small town of Woodland. Bertram searches for new ways to view life around him and through trial and error, he ends up distancing himself from people and situations that he once felt comfortable with, despite the inevitable conflicts that ensue. While rediscovering himself and wondering where his life will end up after his parent's divorce, Bertram slowly accepts that any type of change in his life, expected or unexpected, might be for the better.