Mara, erfolgreiche Anwältin und liebevolle Ehefrau und Mutter, lebt seit einigen Jahren mit einer schrecklichen Gewissheit: Sie leidet an einer unheilbaren Krankheit. Um ihrem Mann und ihrer kleinen Tochter einen qualvollen Leidensweg zu ersparen und ihnen als glücklicher Mensch in Erinnerung zu bleiben, beschließt sie, sich nach dem Auftreten bestimmter Symptome das Leben zu nehmen. Nun bleiben ihr noch fünf Tage.
Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of "defectives," to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.
Jasmine is not sure she likes the idea of being stuck in Victoria BC while her father goes to China. But on a field trip to Chinatown, she changes her mind. Passing through a doorway in Fan Tan Alley, she mysteriously finds herself in the early 1880s. Adventure begins with a new friend, a journey to the Fraser Canyon during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and a search for an ancient amulet. But Jasmine is not the only one searching for the white jade tiger....
Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.