Ben isn't sure he wants to visit Aunt Rose while his parents and older brother are away. He doesn't like admitting it, but he's afraid of a lot of things--dogs, thunderstorms, new places, new people.
Aunt Rose turns out to be much nicer than Ben expected, but then she presents him with a birthday gift that terrifies him--a big Labrador retriever named Gully. How can Ben tell her he's afraid even to be in the same room with Gully? And how can he tell Hana, his new friend?