Katherine Patterson is eager to make a fresh start, a new beginning in a place where no one knows the story of the tragic events that befell her family over the past year. She has a new name and has moved in with her aunt, far away from her parents and her past. So when, early in her senior year in high school, Katherine is befriended by the beautiful, charismatic, popular and wealthy Alice, she sees Alice's friendship as another opportunity to remake herself. Alice immediately draws Katherine into her inner circle, making Katherine feel special, a full participant in her glamorous, impulsive lifestyle.
Katherine, Alice, and Alice's sort-of boyfriend Robb