The New Friend introduces Laura and Maria, who are best friends. They share the wonders of nature, a secret hiding place, and their feelings with each other. One day, Maria isn’t home when Laura comes for her, so she looks for her in one of their favorite spots. What Laura finds, instead, is Maria with a new friend. Feeling betrayed, Laura gives in to sorrow and anger, but she also realizes that with loss comes the possibility of new beginnings. A Robert Carlo Chiesa Film. Based on the book by Charlotte Zolotow (Harper & Row).