Following a drunken stolen golf cart accident which killed her best friend, Stephanie, Jo Aiken and her family are a disgrace. Reeling from killing Stephanie, Jo is sent to an elite private high school, Hawthorne, where her past is buried. In the mix of her transition to the traditions of Hawthorne is Jo's English teacher, Master, who has an unchallenged reputation with his female students. As Jo falls prey to Master, her life unravels again, and becoming the woman she will be seems ever distant. Walbert captures the plight of women so subtly and elegantly!