On her first day at her new school, Anne is saddled with the nickname Anne of Green Bagels, thanks to the health-food sandwich her grandmother has made her for lunch. Can things get any worse? Already her father has left home to try out his newest crackpot invention, the Pedestrian Mobile Home, and her mother has moved them from New Mexico to the cookie-cutter community of Megatown. Then she meets Otto, who shares her interest in music and in her favorite TV show, The Blimptons. When Anne sees the drawings in a childhood notebook of her father's, she wonders, could it be that he was the real inventor of the Blimptons? And can she somehow get him to come home and claim the credit he deserves?