Gadly Plain sweeps the reader up into the rich yet simple world of an orphaned girl and a mysterious donkey, a world both familiar and mystical, melancholic and full of hope. When young girl's father dies and her mother abandons her at her paternal grandparents' home in Kentucky, no one helps her cope with the cloud of death that hovers over the family ... until she wanders down to the neighbor's barn. There, in an earthy, unlikely haven, vistas open to Spring-baby that transcend time and place and even death. There the girl named Spring-baby meets a donkey who knew Adam and Noah, Abraham and Moses, Jesus Christ, the Apostle John, Saint Francis of Assisi. A strong and beautiful narrative with a powerful climax.