WorldLila's father has some strange ideas: He wants to go on vacation in the wilderness, Lila should learn how to drive and he has told Mrs Stieger, Lila's teacher, about his vacation plans. This is all rather irritating because he has been absent-minded since Mum's death and has hardly spoken to Lila at all.
In Eastern Europe, in a river valley that leads from a tiny village towards the mountains, Lila and dad pitch their tent. Things are going well first, but then they change: there are cooked snails to eat and the river carries away the tent and sleeping bags, so dad asks Mrs Stieger to come and bring a new tent. This doesn’t work for Lila at all: The father and her teacher – doesn't he even think about mum anymore? She runs away and drives to the village by car. But an unknown girl alone in the sleepy village attracts attention and people start to care. In the end the whole village is involved in getting dad and Mrs Stieger out of the wilderness.