When school is cancelled, Buddy goes sledding with the Parker family. On the way to the park and back, he faces a series of menacing obstacles and fights with a new nemesis while trying to retrieve a coat for the maiden Olivia.
Jay might call himself a bully, but it's only in his own mind. He likes to torment kids with his nicknames and attitudes, but most others don’t take him seriously. He is often his own worst enemy—getting himself into crazy situations of own his own doing. He sometimes hangs out with Vance King, though even their relationship can be adversarial.
11-year-old Olivia is a passionate young lady who struggles with her younger sister Camilla, defends her latest favorite cause, or tries to learn a new musical instrument. Sometimes all that activity gets her into trouble, but there’s always a lesson to be learned.
Matthew is an inquisitive 10 year old who loves to tinker with things—often to the consternation of everyone around him. But when he isn’t breaking and rebuilding stuff, he’s helping Emily Jones solve mysteries around town.
Eva is a sensible mom who works part-time as a nurse at a local clinic. She has to find the right balance between raising her family and dealing graciously with her mother, who wants to make sure their Hispanic heritage doesn’t get lost.