confident, and wily high school senior, and at the age of eighteen has already honed her skills of seduction and manipulation. She uses these skills to fulfill her selfish gratification, leaving behind her a wake of broken hearts. Love for Shine is a fairytale dream that serves only to sink hopeful hearts, and for her a con to seize the shallow affections on which she thrives.
Yet deep below this aggressive facade lies another dimension, a deeper dimension that Shine refuses to acknowledge, one that will ultimately force her to reevaluate her life. The trigger to her crisis is the arrival of Abby Smith to her school, a tall, red headed Texan would-be soldier who instantly steals Shine's heart. Through Abby, she rediscovers her capacity to love, and at the same time matures to see her past actions in a whole new light. But Abby's been hurt before,
and when she learns of Shine's true nature, she severs the relationship.
Together with her crew and gay counterpart, Rudy, Shine must figure out how to prove to Abby that her feelings are genuine before the wreckage of her noxious past returns with a vengeance to destroy her future.