Cali Jarvis is a typical middle-school kid except for one thing--she lives at Langster Motel. Yup, a motel! Langster Motel is filled with families who have no other place to call home. Motel living is no vacation for anyone, but for Cali and her best friend Rivka, it's the pits. The two 13-year-olds are the go-to babysitters for all the motel residents, something they never asked for and don't want.
Cali is optimistic that things will get better for them once she and Rivka start at their new school. She has a plan that will turn their lives around and help them get in with the popular kids at school. The trick is to do it without anyone finding out where they live.