A competitive athlete, down-to-earth and downright snarky, fourteen-year-old Anna is the girl least likely to lose herself in a fairy tale. It's her first winter in New York City, where she has just moved with her mother and stepfather, but the city's magic is lost on her. She hates everything about her new life. She especially resents her mother, who has remarried soon after her father's death – too soon for Anna's taste. After another argument, she defiantly sneaks out to ski in Riverside Park.