Since the death of her mother, the twelve-year-old Nicki has to take on a lot of responsibilities at home. As the eldest daughter of her single father she runs the household more or less on her own. Furthermore, she has to look after her three little siblings. Naturally, these burdens have consequences: Nicki′s school grades leave much to be desired, especially her grades in mathematics, and it does not help that she cannot stand her math teacher, Mrs. Lorenz. Whenever things become too much for her, Nicki escapes into a dream world. As a queen, she gets wise advice from her lord chancellor. At his suggestion she starts to work on her math skills and manages to impress her teacher with good grades. When her father falls in love with Mrs. Lorenz of all people, Nicki′s life seems to be heading towards less troubled times.