A young girl, Lizzie, has run away from home. After wandering through the dangerous Sonoran Desert, she takes up residence in a tiny abandoned house. There she finds a baby tortoise, and adopts it as her pet. Unable to find food for herself and her tortoise, Lizzie decides to steal food from a nearby mini mansion. She breaks in easily, and as she raids the pantry for food, she is caught in the act by Mark, a boy her age who lives in the mini mansion. Rather than calling the police, Mark lets her leave. That night, Lizzie discovers that Mark has snuck more food to her makeshift home. Fearing that she'll be discovered by adults, Lizzie takes her tortoise and abandons her dwelling in search of a new place to live, without ever even thanking Mark.
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She leaves the bathroom/bedroom area and looks around. She spots something moving in the corner. She gets closer and discovers that it is a baby tortoise.
INT. ext. the sonoran desert, day —
Upon further exploration, Lizzie finds a little bedroom that is bereft of furniture, save a plastic chair and a small table. She inspects a tiny bathroom. There is no water, and the toilet is unusable.
Lizzie looks around. The house is barren. The refrigerator is broken, there is no electricity, the stove is filthy and the floor is heavily sprinkled with desert flotsam and animal skat.