Fifteen year-old, somewhat tomboy Danielle Rivers is desperate for a job. Having just moved to New York from a small town in Kansas, it's a completely different ball game. Requirements for jobs constantly get in the way of Danielle being hired, most of them age requirements. When Danielle's sister Linda comes home one day with a mysterious pink flyer, Danielle can't help but wonder what's on it. When she gets her hands on the paper, she notices what's written across the top in swirly, gold letters: Miss Junior New York Beauty Pageant. When Danielle gets to the place she'll be preparing for the pageant, she has to deal with an evil mentor, vicious competition, and one boy who won't seem to leave her alone.