Sunshine Mason is a smart, shy, tomboyish African American girl who is about to start her first year of college. It's her being on her on in bright flashy San Antonio, miles away from her family. She lived a difficult, sheltered life so this new freedom was a relief but sometimes lonely until she meets Brendan Calvert. A funny, hardworking junior in school on a full ride scholarship for football. His bright blue eyes entice her to do things she would have never even dreamed about and she soon falls hard, but when her new friend Andrea picks up on the blossoming friendship she warns Sunshine to watch out for Brendan and becomes a obstacle in their relationship.