Apart from sticker burrs and sand fleas, Cardell's life is mostly wonderful. He knows he's loved through and through by his perfectly good mama and his perfectly good daddy. They live in different parts of the desert, but that's okay-Cardell is mostly used to it. Then Otis comes calling, and Cardell feels a grrr form in his throat. Otis can't make jalapeno flapjacks or play Zig-the-Zag anything like Cardell's daddy. And so Cardell waits for Mama to say Adios, Otis." But what will happen if she doesn't?"