Curses aren't real. At least, that's what twelve-year-old, part-Hawaiian Anna Leilani Kamaʻehu thinks when she listens to her grandmother's folktales about sacred flowers and family guardians. Anna's friends back home in Colorado don't believe in legends either; they're more interested in science and sports - real, tangible things that stand in total contrast to Anna's family's loopy cultural traditions. So when Anna goes back to Hawaiʻi to visit her Tūtū, she's set on having a touristy, fun vacation. But when Anna accidentally insults Pele the Fire Goddess by destroying her lehua blossom, a giant hawk swoops in and kidnaps her best friend, and she quickly learns just how real these moʻolelo are. In order to save her friends and family, Anna must now battle mythical creatures, team up with demi-gods and talking bats, and evade the traps Pele hurls her way. For if Anna hopes to undo the curse, she will have to dig deep into her Hawaiian roots and learn to embrace all of who she is.