Ten-year-old Tracy is smart and full of energy, but more than anything, she wants love. Tracy doesn't know where her mum lives, but that doesn't stop her from having long, imaginary conversations with her. She's had two foster families before, which haven't worked out, but she hopes a woman named Cam will be her next foster mum.
In The Dare Game Tracy is now living with Cam and starting a new school. Things seem to be looking up for Tracy - but then trouble begins. She has a horrible teacher, the other kids laugh at her, and things between her and Cam aren't going as well as expected. Tracy's friends, Alexander and Football, are having their own problems, too. Then one day, out of the blue, who should appear but Tracy's long-lost mum.