Sixteen-year-old Grace Braun tries to keep a diary of her thoughts as Dr. Rowe has suggested, but her thoughts are confusing and when the voices and the mist come Grace shuts down. After the dearth of her father, Grace and her mother must move from physically and emotionally comfortable circumstances to a housing project where the "surly people" live. Grace, who has attempted suicide, suffers from depression and anxiety and is in and out of psychiatric hospitals. She calls herself "crazy wild" and wonders if she will grow old in the "loony bin." With the support of her mother and a sympathetic therapist, Grace is able to go home and attend public school. Grace even has a friend, her lab partner Dee-Dee, who is a "normal person." Dee-Dee becomes an advocate for Grace and represents what Grace wishes she could be.