We meet Wicket Tate and her younger sister Lily a few months into their being fostered by dream couple Bren and Todd. Bren and Todd live on the rich side of town and shower the girls with sit-down dinners, Abercrombie & Fitch clothes, and general perfection. Lily is super into it, but 16-year-old Wick is the suspicious type and can't let herself enjoy the foster set-up. Maybe because her felon father's cronies won't let up or because she's tortured by her mother's suicide, especially when her former best friend also takes a roof dive.
The story also features a preppy nerd boy who is good with firewalls, using charm instead of code whenever he can, and a is-he-a-good-cop-or-a-bad-cop detective.
The elements of a compelling character and tale are there, but I wasn't much taken by Bernard's writing. Then there's the matter of the kids sweet-talking a librarian into giving them computer use data, which I find entirely implausible.