Jenna Boller lives in Chicago, Illinois in 1990 with her loving family minus her father. Her sister and her are just getting out of school and about to start summer vacation. She works in a shoe store and she thinks that being there everyday is going to be her whole summer but little does she know what is about to surface.
The conflict was that Mrs. Gladstone's son, Elden was trying to take over Gladstone's with the Shoe Warehouse and Ken Woldmen. Gladstone's would no longer live up to their motto, "We're not just selling shoes, We're selling quality". Another conflict is that Jenna's father is an alcoholic that cannot control his actions.
Jenna goes on the road trip to Dallas, Texas with Mrs. Gladstone. She learns a lot about business and life lessons from all of her years of wisdom and experience. Mrs. Gladstone's friend, Alice gave Jenna a new makeover, she gave Jenna bangs and a new green wardrobe. Jenna also met the world's greatest shoe salesman, Harry Bender. When Jenna was there she said that she now had realized that her father's problem with alcohol wasn't her fault. When they go to the stockholder's meeting, Elden tries to fire Jenna before the meeting.
The climax of Rules of the Road is when Mrs. Gladstone named "Quality Control Specialist" and gets to stay on the Board of Directors. The reason she is able to stay is because Jenna stands up in front of all the stockholders in the Stockholder's meeting, and persuade's them to keep Mrs. Gladstone on the Board.
Stock Holder's Meeting
The falling action of Rules of the Road includes when Jenna and Mrs. Gladstone make their trip back to Chicago. It also includes where Jenna reunites with her family and learns that her mother has a new boyfriend. When she expected to see that her mother and sister hadn't changed a bit, but unfortunately they had. The last part is when Jenna takes her grandma on a picnic in her new car.
The resolution is when Jenna gets in her dad's car thinking he is sober, but then realizes that he has been drinking. He would've almost gotten them into a car accident, if not for Jenna's quick thinking. Once she realizes that her father is drunk driving, she takes control of the steering wheel and pulls the break as hard as she can. Jenna's dad is later arrested and charged as an official drunk driver.