Emily Baron lives with her mom, dad and her mischievous brother in a beautiful house on Montague Street. Emily is in her sophomore year at Ender High School, and has one best friend named Meg.
Emily overhears her mother talking to her father about her, and Emily becomes furious! Emily hears her mother murmuring about how she is very introverted and has no friends. Emily becomes tainted with rage and tells her mother, "I hate you!"
Emily's mom signs her up to cheerleading practice without her knowledge because she wants to help Emily to attempt to become popular.When Emily finds out, she gets so angry that she goes berserk and refuses to go to practice.
One day as Emily is walking home from school, she gets lost and ends up going down a street she has never seen in her life. She walks though the creaky door and into an old shack that had a sign saying, "Open." Emily finds an old lady inside and asks the old lady for help, but the lady begins to tell Emily, "I know what you want. I know what you wish for, and I can help you."
At first Emily thinks the witch is crazy, but soon enough, she tells the witch that her dream is to become popular and everyone to like her at school. The witch agrees and tells Emily that her wish will come true. When Emily wakes up the next day, she thinks the spell doesn't work because she didn't change but, when she got to school, it was a different story.