Ivy Johnson, 17, looks forward to her senior year of high school. After a lifetime of being a chubby girl, she's suddenly and mysteriously a slim and smokin' hot young woman. She imagines boys stumbling into each other and their open locker doors when she walks down the corridor. But, okay, like any teenager she's got a few problems - nightmares of being an elephant chased by deadly poachers, visions or "daymares" of lizard men wanting to kill her, and she's developing uncontrollable magic with sparks flying at embarrassing moments.
To Ivy's dismay, her parents, both retired colonels and doctors, announce they've accepted positions in a jungle hospital and the family is moving to Africa. In Kenya, her magic continues to develop. She also learns she's an elephant shifter, with the first Change coming on her 18th birthday, only days away.
Good news, her longtime boyfriend comes over from Kansas and he's an elephant shifter also, and she's making friends at her new high school. Bad news, she's dying like real soon because her special magic and the Change do not mix. The first shift to elephant form will literally explode her body. That's carrying "smokin' hot" a little too far, she thinks.
Ivy must overcome the impossible to survive (that's optional), save her new friends (a must) and the world from age-old evil (or else). Pressure much?