There's no place like Luck, Wisconsin, in 1908.
Even a girl with as much pluck and imagination as Madeline "Moe" McDonohugh can't drum up much excitement in her small town. But the, suddenly, everything changes. First the gypsies storm into town and Moe thinks maybe they're her ticket to see the world.
Before she has a chance to run away, though, Lettie adn Lulu, Mother's glamorous young cousins, come to visit. Moe hopes maybe they'll take her away -- until she discovers Lettie's terrible but fascinating secret.
And then father buys a Ford Model T, the first in town. This automobile will finally take Moe out of Luck -- and into the biggest adventure of her life!