After a summer filled with work and guitar lessons, Beka spends ten days in Haiti before launching into her senior year. Beka seems to be on stable footing, but everyone around her is falling apart. Surprises await Beka as she faces Gretchen after her two-month stay in detention. Gretchen is darker and moodier. Then there's Mark, who worms his way back into Beka's affections despite her father's refusal to let them officially date.