It's Christmas in 1955 Daytona Beach, Florida, and middle child Maryellen longs to stand out amidst the hustle and bustle of her big, busy family. A boisterous and artistic girl, Maryellen’s adventurous spirit is sometimes at odds with the era she’s living in: when girls were asked to be seen and not heard. When Benji, a family friend afflicted with polio comes to stay with them and visit Daytona Beach’s hospital for care, Maryellen is inspired to help the polio patients have the best Christmas ever. But her first attempts fall flat, followed by a fight with her best friend Davy. With guidance and advice from Maryellen’s wise and sympathetic mother, she learns the key to helping others is listening. Through her extraordinary gift of drawing Maryellen helps give the children a Christmas they’ll never forget.