Christina Rolston had no choice but to do the dirty work Marla Benson told her to do - before she could be initiated into Xi Rho, the sorority she was pledging, she had to beat up Francine Palmer, a girl from one of her classes. She knows that if she doesn't, her life on campus will be virtually over - the pull of Xi Rho goes far and wide, impacting everything from her classes to her social life.
She has no choice but to attach the girl in the arboretum, but things get out of hand and someone pulls out a knife, complicating the situation beyond belief.
She deserved to be locked away. She was the one who made this mess. She should pay the price for ruining everybody else's lives.
When the cops show up at the sorority house that night, they do not just take Christina with them, they also bring along Marla. When it becomes clear that Marla is the one who pulled out the gun and that Christina threw the punch, it seems like they are both going to jail. They tell her that is she tells the truth, she will be saved. She has a question however: "What are you going to do to stop the Xi Rho from coming after me? Give me one good reason I should betray the Sorority, when they could ruin my life if they find out." With a promise of protection from the cops, she tells them the truth about the pressure and the threats.
"You have my word of honor, as a police officer, that if they really did threaten you and hold you prisoner in their house, if they really did coerce you into making this attack under threat to your own safety, I will personally guarantee we will find a way to get you out of it."
It is not even twenty four hours later and to her surprise, she is released, along with Marla. The charges are dropped, and she is free to go back to the sorority. But can she? Will they know what she told the police officer before they were cleared of the charges? How will she be protected when they are not offering her anything that they promised?
It is not until a miracle comes along that Christina realizes that everything goes a lot deeper than she originally thought and that there are many more pawns in play than ever before.
In the world of Greek life, especially at a small college, it's beat or be beaten - and she has a choice to make: stay and fight, or run away and leave everything she's ever worked for behind.