Working in a group like this, you will accomplish more, in less time, than you believed possible. You will astonish yourselves.
Aggie and Lisa spend the summer after sophomore year in Sri Lanka, with a charity mission program that combines camping activities with building homes. Back home, Lisa's parents, socializing with Nick, admit that, much as they love Lisa, the program gives them a break from her constant chatter. Nick, for his part, hopes that the summer will teach Aggie activism through teamwork, not just solitary sign-carrying.
Nick's hopes bear fruit, as Aggie and Lisa not only apply themselves to house-building but also form an unexpected bond with one of the former "Pennies." Katy-Ann, although initially cool to Lisa because of their earlier argument over religion, warms up to her sense of humour as Lisa tells a satirical ghost story about Michael Jackson
. As they work together, Aggie reflects silently on the importance of mutual trust, despite who one's friends are back home. Soon enough, Katy-Ann and Lisa in particular become close as they discover a common love of singing and dancing.
Around the campfire, Aggie tells Katy-Ann she's much more approachable than she'd imagined her to be. Lisa teases her best friend for having pre-judged Katy-Ann, just as Lisa and Aggie had once pre-judged each other. This leads Katy-Ann to open up about Penny and her friends, claiming that they expect perfection from themselves. As a result, she says, they not only fail to recognize their mistakes, but devote themselves to those errors all the more, making Katy-Ann fear for them. This ominous note serves as a segue to the major arc "The Popsicle War," in which Penny and her friends will face an unforeseen, dangerous challenge to themselves as a group and as individuals.