Magdalena and Ryan are assigned as each other's penpals. A story told through e-mails.
Magdalena, 16-years-old, lives in Livorno (Tuscany), Italy. Ryan, 17-years-old, lives in Albany, Western Australia. How do the lives of these two teens interwine? Well, by being pen pals! They are assigned as each other's pen pals in a website and start corresponding easily, for they have common interests.
So how is this interesting? Well, Magdalena's father is offered a job...in a company in Albany! And who has to move along with him? Right -- the rest of the family. Who lives in Albany too again?
Numerous sub-plots and secondary characters (and BE AWARE of the band geekiness =P)