During Spring Break in their senior year of High School, three girls (Terri, Anne, and Michelle) go to Cancun. The planis to meet some boys, have a few drinks, and enjoy themselves in the sun. But beneath the surface, the girls are always just a bit aware of the danger of being a young woman in such a situation. And when the fear of danger becomes a horrible reality instead, one of them struggles with her inability to cope with the changes it causes in their lives.
A beautifully-written tale (Kasischke's previous works have primarily been written in verse and it shows!) about a very dark subject. The story avoids exploitation by focusing on character themes (Michelle's search for beauty and Anne's fear of living). The juxtaposition of the characters is striking and creates a book that transcends its genre with its ambitious design.