I found this book second-hand, and my many readings of it haven't helped it's condition. Zan is a teenage girl trapped in an apartment with her extended family; she sleeps in the kitchen. After her brother reads her diary, she runs away and finds herself in another place. Zan is taken into a nearby tribe. The details of its culture are well-done, especially in regards to adulthood ceremonies and gender roles. Zan gets a more mature outlook on life, but her presence in the tribe causes trouble. After a serious incident, Zan suddenly finds herself back home on the same day but several hours after she left, even though it seems she to her she was gone for months. I was drawn to this book because I like fantasy, but it's more of a metaphor for teenage alienation issues and dealing with growing up.