Fresh off their epic summer road trip, Julie and Lydia are back and ready to take seventh grade by storm. Well, at least Lydia is: She wants to start a band, and she's convinced Julie to join her. The Macrame Owls are joined by Roland (expert at the hardingfele) and Jane (expert at drama). None of them, unfortunately, are experts at rocking out. Before they know it they've got their first gig: A six year old's birthday party that turns into an epic disaster. What they need is more practice. Instead they find themselves hosting a belated birthday party for themselves, which somehow becomes the social event of the season. They may have accidentally stumbled upon the secret to popularity, if only it weren't completely humiliating.