"Maxine's father is a volunteer who builds trails in the Carmanah Valley to raise public awareness of beauty and value of the ancient rain forest. Maxine often plays among the giant trees while her father works. She does her best to save her favorite Sitka spruce from logging by making a sign that days 'Maxine' and putting it on the tree. She figures that nobody would hurt someone's favorite tree." The real tree that the story is based on is the largest tree in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, just a few yards from West Walbran Creek.