Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: June 2016
Duration: 9 hours 6 minutes
Char Hawthorn is a college professor, loving wife, and devoted stepmother to her husband Bradley's spirited fifteen-year-old daughter, Allie. Char and Allie have a special bond, and together, the three of them feel like a family. But when Bradley dies in a car accident, the "step" in Char's title suddenly matters a great deal.
In the eyes of the law, all rights to Allie belong to Lindy, Allie's self-absorbed biological mother, who is waffling about when, or whether, she wants the girl to move to her home in California. Already heartbroken over the sudden death of her husband, Char now faces the possible loss of the child she loves as her own.
Tensions mount when Allie begins to struggle in school and starts running with the wrong crowd, and it's only Allie's connection to young Morgan Crew, a ten-year-old girl she tutors, that seems to keep her grounded. But then Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care, suddenly disappears, and Allie, with her characteristic pluck, a dose of teenage bravado, and keys to the family car she is not yet licensed to drive, embarks on a cross-country search for her young friend.
Char now has two new worries: Will Allie's "adventure" cause an irate Lindy to summon the girl home once and for all? And what will happen to Morgan, caught as she is in a terrible crack in the foster-care system?
Untethered is a moving portrait of a modern-day family whose bonds run deeper than genetics.