Apron Bramhall is a thirteen-year-old seventh grader for whom life has been extremely difficult lately. Her mother died just six months ago from cancer and Margie, the Brazilian nurses’ aid who cared for her mother, has taken up permanent residence in Apron’s home. Her father, a Latin professor, wants Apron to get along with Margie, but Apron can only bear to call her “M.” Her father doesn’t seem to notice that M. was apparently born with a perpetually mean expression on her face and despises Apron. She is also a slob, even though Apron’s father is compulsively neat, and seems determined to kill The Boss, Apron’s guinea pig.
Apron attends a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar with her best friend, Rennie, and Rennie’s family. She is instantly enamored with the actor portraying Jesus — he seems as close to authentic as Apron can imagine. And Apron is quite surprised when she realizes that he is the nephew of her neighbor. He and his partner, Chad, are the owners of a local floral shop, Scent Appeal, and before long Apron befriends them both, helping out in the shop when they discover that she has a true flair for creating floral arrangements.