Leo joined AmeriCorps to do something important with his life. When his team is sent to rebuild St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina, he believes he'll finally be able to make a difference in the world. But while other teams do the "real" work of gutting and rebuilding houses, Leo is assigned to the camp newsletter. His friends Snave, Cirelle, and Davy have equally unglamorous, minor jobs in the kitchen and supply rooms. Only Kiley, the girl Leo pines after, spends her days saving "da parish" from ruin. Frustrated, Leo and his friends chafe against authority and each other in a town longing for renewal. They're all looking for something. Or running from something. Often, both.