Kate is a preacher's daughter and a high achiever in high school, particularly in math and science. All her friends are also high achievers; her boyfriend got into Harvard. Kate's dream is to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her dead mother went. She applied only to that school and was devastated at her rejection. At the same time, one of Kate's childhood enemy's house burns down, and the bully and her family move into Kate's house. She has to cope with all of this and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.