That leaves her with volleyball practice four times a week, college poetry only three times a week, and "Stupid Stanford" three times a week, equating to... a thoroughly not enjoyable summer for this genius girl.
Then, surprisingly enough, things start to look up. In volleyball, Millicent is befriended by Emily, a friendly blond girl. Never before has Millicent had a best friend her own age; as the stereotypical genius, practically everyone she meets seems utterly incapable of looking beyond her intellect. And never has anyone ever called Millicent "cool" and meant it. No one except for Emily.
In order to maintain her friendship with Emily, Millicent believes she must hide her uber high IQ and pretend that she is home-schooled. She thinks that Emily will treat her just like everyone else if she knows that Millicent is an genius, the same quality that has always alienated her. However, keeping her IQ a secret isn't as easy as it sounds. When Emily finds Millicent and Stanford in the library at one of their tutoring sessions, Millicent must act as the failing student and treat "Stupid Stanford" as the "genius," the reciprocated truth.
On the other hand, Stanford has his own reasons for acting as the tutor. Stanford and Emily have crushes on each other, and out of need to impress her, acts smart, believing that that is the only reason that Emily likes him. Surprisingly, both Stanford's and Millicent's lying to Emily bond them together. All that Emily talks about is Stanford.
But on one fateful sleepover at Millie's house, Emily finds out the big secret, the trophies and awards and honorable mentions, the genius IQ. Angry that Millie had been hiding all this from her, she storms out of the house. Having no experience with friends, Millicent merely believes that it's all because of her IQ and not because she kept it a secret. Emily even rejects Stanford after figuring out that he was also lying.
On top of all this, Millicent is also having problems at home. Her father is jobless, and her mother is showing symptoms of a potentially fatal brain tumor. Can it possibly take more than Millie's prodigious mind to keep things in line?
In this touching and funny novel, readers learn that sheer genius comes at its own price, and sometimes even a brainiac needs more than intelligence to figure things out.