Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy-his spirited young niece Mary in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled, when the seven year old mathematician abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
In St. Petersburg, Florida, seven year old Mary Adier lives with her Uncle and guardian Frank. Her best friend is her forty-three year old neighbor, Roberta Taylor. On her first day of first grade, she shows remarkable mathematical talent, which impresses her teacher, Bonnie Stevenson. There ,despite her initial disdan for average children her own age and her boredom with their classwork, She begins to bond with them when she her one –eyed cat, Fred for show-and tell. Later she defends a classmate from a bully in the school bus by hitting the bully in the face. After the Incident, the principal encourages Frank to send many to a private school for gifted children offering the opportunity of a scholarship. However Frank turn it down. Based on his family ‘s experience with similar schools he fears Mary will not have a chance at a normal childhood. It emerges that Mary’s mother Diane, had been a promising mathematician ,dedicated to the Navier-Stokes problem (one of the unsolved Millennium Prize Problems)before taking her own life when Mary was six months old. Mary has lived with Frank, a former college Professor turned boat repairman ever since.