Rachel is a fourteen year old girl who loves to read, and all types of art, and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her parents are naturalized citizens from India.
Rachel has many problems in her life, most predominant of which is her loneliness and depression
She struggles to fit in and find friends in her new school due to her differences and because she left her old friends behind in her old school, who are slowly drifting away.
One day Rachel waits at the bus station to get back home. Rachel finds an unusual book that was an old, loose-spinned hardback with the title "Make Your Own Whirligigs and Weathervanes".
Rachel sees a whirligig made of random spare peices throughout the city to create a girl with a saxophone, while hearing faint jazz nearby. She realizes that she doesn't hav to fit in and that she can be whom she wants, unique like the jazz that plays in New Orleans.
Rachel remains true to herself and finds a new friend to end her loneliness. She starts to read the book she found and decides to make a whirligig somewhere with her friend.