Meet Edie. She’s eleven years old and heading to the lake with her mom and dad, but without her sister Dexter. This summer Dexter’s ballet camp conflicts with the family vacation, so she will be staying with Mean Meagan for the 2 weeks that the family is gone. Also, the lake is not exactly the Grand Canyon, but Grandpa just had a stroke, and Edie’s dad doesn’t want to be too far away.
The lake seems a bit boring at first, but soon Edie’s imagination has her in swimming like a whale, and becoming Neptune. She also meets Robert. A fat kid who is at the lake with his mom and a man who is not his dad. Edie and Robert are soon on fishing expeditions, and watching movies. They are just starting to get to know each other when Edie’s parents get a call and they leave the lake a whole week early.
Edie is distraught about her grandfather and decides that learning some magic might help him out. Not the bunny out of the hat variety, but the kind of spells that can make people sick or well.
We watch Edie navigate a year in her life as she discovers that the things she always thought were true, suddenly seem less than. Maybe Mean Meagan isn’t so mean. Maybe grandpa really is sick. Maybe Edie doesn’t hate dancing after all. And maybe Dex isn’t so perfect.