As luck would have it, Summer's parents were called away to Japan to take care of an ailing relative. Summer's grandparents are going to fill in for the parents to help pay the mortgage for the family. Summer and her brother accompany the grandparents as they take on jobs with a harvesting company. Summer helps her cantankerous grandmother cook the meals for the crew while her grandfather drives a combine. When bad luck strikes the family again, Summer must make a decision to help rescue her family as only she can or obey her grandmother. The story shows us how Summer overcomes obstacles that many tweens face, including trouble that comes from having her first kiss.