You can't always decide where life will take you especially when you're a kid. Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids Harvey and Thomas J she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled somebody puts another coin in the machine and off you go again. But against her will and her better judgment Carlie and the boys become friends. And all three of them start to see that they can take control of their own Iives.