On the ninth floor of an apartment house in the middle of a busy city street a woman named Melanie was sitting on the sofa. She was waiting for her husband, Hubert, to tear open an envelope. Suddenly, a girl ran into the room. A boy followed. These two young troublemakers were named Leah and Noah; they are brother and sister. They had no idea that very soon their family's life would change forever.
Dad tore open the envelope and began to read out loud. His voice wavered as he read the following words:
“I, Aurelia, leave Hubert my house in the village of Misty Valley with the condition that he never sells the house and that he spend every summer there with his family. He will need to take care of the garden, and grow vegetables and flowers...”
Dad grew silent. He put down the letter and gazed at Mom.
“It can't be!” Melanie said, shocked. She leapt from the sofa and snatched the letter out of Hubert's hands. She rea...