Cory is a budding young scientist of 15, an only child whose about to spend a semester at sea gaining school credit by doing scientific research in Australia. Cory flies to Australia where she boards the bus that will take her to the coast. She falls asleep, only to wake at a school campus as far from the coast as it can be: Cory has accidentally boarded the wrong bus and has arrived an elite soccer academy instead. She's told that it's too late for her to join the other group - but since both programs are run by the same school, the principal (in consult with Cory's parents) agrees to let Cory stay at the soccer academy instead. With her parents in the jungles of India, Cory has no choice but to stay.