Allie Claybrook is a spunky eleven-year-old girl whose family has been thrown for a loop. Her dad, who serves in the U.S. Army, has been sent to Iraq for a year.
Allie moves with her mom and younger brother from their home near the army base in Killeen, Texas, to Edna, Idaho, where they will live with Allie's grandma and great-grandma "Nanna" while Dad is away. Not that Allie is thrilled with this move; not only is her dad gone, but she also has to leave her home and friends and spend a year in "Hicksville" in an old house with old people and a cranky goat. Turns out her mom is also expecting a baby, which is exciting but also doesn't help matters any.
While life in Edna isn't exactly what Allie always wanted, she does come to enjoy the chance to get to know her grandma and to do her best to get to know Nanna. Nanna has what Allie calls "Old-Timer's," and she often becomes very confused. The idea that Nanna has lost many of her memories, and the fact that Allie's dad is missing out on making new ones with the family, creates an interesting scenario that Allie must work through.