Shannon, who has been delighted that her parents are finally going to have a longed-for second child, is horrified when her new brother turns out to have Down syndrome. Like most kids, Shannon wants to blend in and have a family that is considered normal. She is torn between delight and fury at how the family's prayers for a new baby have been answered.
After some erratic (but absolutely believable) behavior, Shannon is sent away against her will to Camp Outlook with her best friend. There she meets some fellow campers who are "different" from the norm. These new friendships, along with a series of mysterious experiences, help her gain a new understanding of her spirituality and to see the specialness of her younger brother.