After being bounced from one family member to the next, seventeen-year-old Viola finds herself exiled from her home in California, in route to a new home with her uncle in the Midwestern middle of nowhere. It isn't exactly a move she's excited about. It means getting used to a new home life and its strange set of rules, and worst of all a new school and the people that come with it. Viola quickly finds herself to be the reason behind all the gossip at school, especially after befriending the school Goth, a mysterious, shy boy with some very unique talents. Seemingly trivial at first, the relationship quickly becomes something that will shape the rest of Viola's life. Together they learn to deal with all the stresses that go along with teenage life today, from pregnancy to dealing with the aftermath of abuse to the loss of loved ones.