Sixteen-year-old Valentine Joy is devastated by the death of her boyfriend. She stops going to school, quits seeing her friends, and finally, doesn’t even leave her bed. After an ‘accidental’ drug overdose, her desperate mother takes Valentine on a trekking trip to Thailand, to get her back in the world.
In the mountains north of Chiang Mai, Valentine encounters difficult trails, hill tribes and mountain spring showers. She also meets a young Burmese guide, tormented by his secret past, and a baby bull elephant, orphaned and pursued by violent poachers. Together, the three flee deep into the jungle, looking for refuge and redemption.
Gripping and fast-paced, The World on Either Side is full of heart and hope.