Ms. Diaz is a high school English teacher. She loves literature and Emily Dickinson. This year she's been recieving anonymous letters from one of her students who is having a hard time.
Elizabeth Davis is the likely author of the letters. She's tough, quick to anger and seems to think the world is against her. Ms. Diaz doesn't know that Elizabeth is also dealing with her parents' recent separation, but she wouldn't be surprised to hear it.
Sitting her next to Emily Delgado wasn't exactly her plan, it was just the way alphabetical order worked out. But she seems like a good influence and a natural pair for Elizabeth on the class project on Emily Dickenson because Emily is a great writer and Elizabeth is an artist.
Of course, Ms. Diaz also doesn't know that Emily is dealing with her own problems. Her father is a local politician who isn't satisfied with her grades or her behavior. Her friends are some of the biggest gossips she knows and so because of both her dad and them, she's keeping her new boyfriend a secret.
When Reason Breaks reminds us that everyone is carrying their own set of baggage: worries and problems that might not be obvious to onlookers. Emily, Elizabeth, Ms. Diaz and all their classmates are all doing their best to not cave under their weight -- but friendship and artistic expression can sometimes help lighten the load.