At five feet eleven, and with frizzy ginger curls, Ceri is the tallest girl in her year group. She has great plans for her sixteenth birthday, but it seems that nothing will go right. Things start badly when her brothers arrange a cheesy phone call with breakfast show presenter, Jamie Carroll. They don't get any better when Dad announces that Ceri's birthday meal at Giuseppi's has to be postponed. To cap it all, the birthday card she really longs for - the one she has never received - is missing once again this year. Ceri is adopted, although she has never seen her adoption papers. Now she is determined to find her real mother - even if it means causing trouble. With journalistic zeal, she sets about investigating her own past, but, as captain of the netball team and editor of the school magazine, it's not just at home that Ceri has divided loyalties. Adolescent intensity and identity are the themes of this moving novel. Relationships are explored and the determination of Ceri to find her natural family deals sensitively with the issue of adoption. The novel is set in the Welsh valleys, and the culture of Wales inspires a firm sense of identity.