Young Isabella discovers a set of magical nesting dolls in a dingy old thrift shop. The dolls drive her to search for love and approval.
The magic in a set of nesting dolls goes untapped for generations. The fate of them looks dismal until a young girl, Isabella (Isa) finds them in the bottom of an old cardboard box. Notes and wishes that she stashes in the hollow outer dolls are attempts to release the magic she knows they hold, but she carries the core doll, Bella, with her everywhere to overcome a growing sense of inadequacy as she faces her first crush, first kiss and first love.
Isa is a distracted girl growing up though, and the dolls are lost or forgotten from time to time. She finds herself observing life from the sidelines, unable to live for herself. It's as if every decision depends on someone else to show her the way before she can take action. She feels unworthy when those people move on with their own lives.
As life throws challenges her way, Isa finds the dolls to help her get through. Blessings to some feel like insurmountable obstacles to Isa as her life plays out amidst hoarding and indecision. She has to break through the hollow shells of her own world to learn to take responsibility and finally love herself.