Daily life is pretty dreary for eleven year old Reggie. She's already mastered the art of dumpster diving for scraps of food and being her own parent. Her mother, dangerously close to a full break with sanity, is of little help. Reggie has invented a dream world where she and her best friend, Tough Girl, battle aliens for glory. Life is manageable until new neighbors move in and Reggie's dream world begins to unravel.
Reggie's entire dream world is her safe haven. In it, she escapes the hunger and dreariness that comprises her daily life. Her fantasy life has mostly revolved around the Intergalactic Army and her favorite soldier-hero Tough Girl. Now, with the arrival of new neighbors that lend themselves to rumors about the Colombian mob, her dream world turns to gangsters and gun fights. Most of the stories that appear in Tough Girl take place on fictitious Planet Girth where the humans are the unwanted minority.
After years of reading science fiction and armed with plenty of real world knowledge of danger, Reggie creates a world of espionage, intrigue and crime. The only problem is, the dreams start having a life of their own.