Cecelia prides herself on being the lookout in the woods behind her Texas home. After all, a person as skinny and gullible as Redbud, the new kid at school, needs someone to watch over him. Besides, with Pop spending all his time in the garden, Sis off with her boyfriend, and Cecelias mom dead and gone, its not like Cecelia has anything else to do.When Redbud trusts her enough to show her where he lives and introduces her to his father, the rigid sergeant major, Cecelia doesnt know what to think. Maybe Redbud just needs more discipline, like the sergeant major says. Or maybe she isnt the lookout, the scout, that she thought she was.From the Hardcover edition.