Clair is no teenage girl but a centuries-old alien who harbors a dream that involves Earth.
In this YA sci-fi debut novel, 14-year-old Saffron befriends a classmate who turns out to be far from home indeed.
When Saffron’s parents buy a fast-food restaurant called Robi’s Flying Saucer Drive-In, she’s excited to tackle her first job and save all the tips she can for the ninth-grade class trip to Paris—that is, if her parents ever agree to let her go. Saffron likes the work and her co-workers: Pakistani ex-model Carmen, potato-peeling delinquent Ronnie, kindly Mrs. Imbeault, the French cook, “one of those people that makes you think the world is really all right.” At her all-girls Roman Catholic school, Saffron enjoys art class and astronomy, both of which she takes with new girl Clair Villeneuve.
Fred is a genius who drives the foodtruck across France, keeping the particle safe.
Acrobats released from stone churches become part of the group to release the children taken hostage by greed filled oligarchs.