October 1962. 10-year-old Juliet Klostermeyer's world is turning upside down. All she hears from her parents and teachers and on the news is the Russian threat and the Cuban Missile Crisis. And things aren't much better at home. Her best friend, Lowell, doesn't seem interested in being her friend anymore; he'd rather hang out with the new boys instead. When Patsy moves in, things start to look up. Patsy is fearless, and she challenges the neighborhood boys to see who's better, stronger, faster: a war between the boys and the girls. All the talk of war makes Juliet uneasy. However, as the challenges become more and more dangerous, Juliet has to decide what she stands for and what's worth fighting for.