Leti Dias has always been a sensitive child, never quite fitting in since her family’s move from NYC to Slidell, LA, after hurricane Katrina created so much work for her contractor papa. Now, the reluctant head-of-the-family since her Father’s death, Leti supports her brother’s musical education by working a waitressing job and pursuing an internship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—all while completing high school and fending off her grandfather’s gambling, drinking and abuse. Then she meets a boy. Gene. A nice Cajun boy, who wins her elusive trust and love--until the night it all goes wrong. Until the morning Leti wakes to find herself morphing into a giant cockroach.
It’s a painful transfiguration, but not unexpected by Leti. She always wondered if life as a bug would be simpler. It is. Sort of. Except that her brother now must take on her job and the brunt of grandfather’s cruelty. Plus there’s a hurricane coming. And Gene is sorry for what he did and vows to stick with her to the end, even if “she is a giant damn bug.” Leti needs to forgive and embrace the best of humanity, embrace becoming human again—before the storm-of-the-century wipes out the Southernmost states and her chance at real love forever.