Ingrid Levin-Hill, age 13 is a star soccer player and aspiring actress. She stumbles into a murder mystery when her parents are late picking her up from the orthodontist. She gets lost in a seedy part of town when she tries to find her own way to soccer practice.
A down and out woman known in the town as "Cracked up Katie" helps Ingrid by inviting her into her home, and calling a taxi for her. The next morning, Ingrid reads the headline to find that Katie has been killed, and she was most likely the last to see her alive.
Ingrid is afraid that she will be suspected, not to mention in trouble with her parents for going into a stranger's house if she reveals her contact with Katie. It gets complicated when she realizes she left her distinctive red soccer shoes in Katie's home. At night, she sneaks to Katie's house, breaks in, and retrieves her shoes. While hiding under a bed, she sees the feet of someone else obviously searching for something in the house.
Two men, neighbors of Katie's are arrested for the murder. Ingrid believes they are innocent based on their friendship with Katie and her observation of their footwear. To find the killer, she engages in a number of questionable activities including ditching school, driving her grandfather's car, sneaking out at night, and sneaking into the mansion where the community theatre will be performing a play about Alice in Wonderland. Needless to say, Ingrid solves the case.
This report prepared by Susan Coffey