Katie is always nine years old, and where is the other fourth grade class?
Nine year-old orphan Katie is trying to understand what is going on around her. She finds a website devoted to petitions and answers to prayers in the form of roses. Katie becomes intrigued with St. Therese of Lisieux and her roses, and places her difficulties and hope of becoming Band Princess in St. Therese's kind smile.
Choir director Sister Frenchetta picks on Katie. She hates choir and the humiliation she suffers at the hands of Sister. Jimmy Marcone is a fourth grade classmate. He chases Katie home on his green and yellow-striped bike after daily choir practice. Katie cannot qualify for band membership unless she stays in choir. She has to be a band member to be nominated for Band Princess. Can she endure the torments?