Lotus Lowenstein's life is merde. She dreams of moving to Paris and becoming an existentialist. Yet here she is trapped in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with a New-Agey mom, an out-of-work dad, and a chess champion brother who dreams of being a rock star. Merci Dieu for Lotuss best friend, Joni, who loves French culture enough to cofound their high schools first French Club with Lotus. At the first meeting, the cutest boy in the world walks in.