It's Ginger's birthday, and she has to invite all the girls in her class to her party, including Lyla Browning. Even though she doesn't want to! Lyla isn't like the other girls: she smells like old leaves, doesn't talk much, and once brought a tarantula to school for show-and-tell. On the day of the party, Lyla is much earlier than everyone else. But even after the others arrive, Ginger's party doesn't go quite the way she'd hoped: some of the girls change the rules to the games, and no one likes her silver-and-gold birthday cake - except Lyla. By the time Lyla gives Ginger her present - a tiny homemade nest with two delicious caramel-cream eggs - Ginger begins to wonder: is being different really such a bad thing?