Channing and best friend Maddy have always been inseparable---until now. Maddy is smitten with Marco, the new boy from Costa Rica---and Chan doesn't like it one bit. But Chan's ears perk up when Marco tells the class about the quetzal, a beautiful bird that lives in South American rainforests. Chan is determined that she will someday capture the bird in her sketchbook. By a weird twist of fate, Channing's family takes a trip to Costa Rica with Marco's family. Determined to not let Marco ruin her trip, Chan sets off to find the quetzal, but she discovers more than she bargained for: first impressions aren't always correct, and it's so important not to judge others.