This book centers around the Zing family, and what the Zing family centers itself around. Each main character is followed by the third-person narrator's voice, yet it is told in the alternating style as other books are.
You see Fancy, the oldest Zing child, with her husband Radcliffe and their daughter Cassie. Fancy is a writer and aspires to write something better than wilderness romances.
You see Marbie, the other Zing child, who is dating and living with Nathaniel and Listen Taylor. Listen discovers a spell book the first week she lives with Marbie, and starts to follow all the spells. And what's strange--they seem to work!
Cassie's 2nd grade teacher also plays an important role in this book--Cath Murphy. Inbetween all of these is the story of Fancy and Marbie's parents--how they met, and what brought them together.
The Zing family has a secret though. One no one must know about.