Sixteen-year-old Sarah Carter is on the beach when she discovers a bottle washed up from the ocean. It holds some pages from a book and the legible word "Sarah." The woman who is with Sarah forces the teen to toss the bottle away since it might carry some unknown disease. This brief prologue scene is in the present and the remainder of the novel flashes back to a year earlier.
In short chapters, readers are introduced to six different people who met as college students about 10 years previously. As a way to earn some extra money, they sold a thin, self-published hardcover titled HAPPILY EVER AFTER for businessman John Watson. The book retailed for $14.00, and Watson gave them seven dollars f