Janie is coping with the horrors of starting high school. She really wants to be normal but she really isn't. She lives on a hobby farm and her mom blogs about living the simple life. She is in a new high school and all of her friends have different classes and a different lunch. She feels lost and alone. But gradually she begins making new friends including a boy named Monster and a girl named Verbena. Most of the adventures are the daily sort of thing but she does go with her dad, who teaches folklore at the university, to visit a man who was influential in the early days of the civil rights movement. Janie wants to live large like he did. Sweet story!