India Wimple can spell. Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family huddle in front of the TV in their small house and watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. When her family suggest she should enter the next Bee, she shrugs it off, saying being on TV is only for rich and pretty people. Her family won't hear it and encourage India to sign up. But there are plenty of obstacles to reaching the finals: something in her past has made India terribly, horribly shy, the Wimples aren't very well off, and moving on to each round involves finding the money to make it happen. Then there's her little brother, who's been sick since he was a baby. And finally, there's Summer Millicent Ernestine Beauregard-Champion, a spoilt rich girl who is also a champion speller u and Summer isn't afraid to step on anyone who gets in her way.