Josefina is pleased and proud when her godmother, Tia Magdalena, asks for her help with springtime chores. Tia Magdalena is a respected healer in the village, and Josefina hopes very much to become a healer just like her someday. Then one afternoon at Tia Magdalena's house, while helping her godmother, Josefina makes an awful mistake that shatters her hopes. She's sure Tia Magdalena will never teach her now! But when Josefina visits her Pueblo Indian friend Mariana, a terrifying adventure shows her just how much she's already learned -- and teaches her something important about herself. Josefina's birthday becomes a celebration of bravery, hope -- and second chances.