Bess spends her days reading Greek tragedies and listening to other girls talk about the life she’ll never have. At home, she endures the withering indifference of a mother whose hand she has never held. Her father, the only person who truly knows her, stares from behind tired eyes that hide a secret whose time has come.

But when Bess finally gets a taste of the kind of life she can only dream about, she discovers why girls like her should never sit in a car alone with a man like Tony Halk.

Because men like that lead to dark corners where survival comes at a price that Bess will soon learn she can never pay.