Martine feels totally abandoned in the world following the death of her parents in a house fire. She is sent to live with her maternal grandmother in South Africa. There, Martine finds welcome, not from her grandmother, who seems to be angry about Martine's presence, but from the caretaker of the wild animal preserve and from the sheer presence of the animals who call the reserve home.
St. John's story, grounded in the reality of the world of wildlife and poachers, also has an element of fantasy in the legend of the white giraffe and the girl who is destined to ride it. When the white giraffe comes to Martine's window, she follows him. Jeremiah becomes the one steadfast piece of Martine's lonely existence. When his life is also threatened by poachers, Martine knows she must do all she can to save him.
It was a tad difficult to find some time to read as the new kitty wanted to play more than watch me read. However, we have discovered that he will nap for a couple of hours if you play with him for a while. Nice trade off. Here is a photo of Scout Lesesne (we are actually thinking of changing his name to Buster after he broke a lamp and my new headphones in the course of one day).