Allyson Crymuskis. A 15-year-old girl, somehow getting through high school, with a crush on the hottest guy in tenth grade at Claverton High, Jonathon D'Carlo. Sounds like a typical teenage girl, right? What's so special about Allyson, anyway? What's special about her is her linked past with Christian Verenni, better known as Slayer. Slayer is a druggie, a drunk, and a completely different person than the one Ally used to know. His once-blond hair is now black, he's lost about 20 pounds, and he's always sulking. Ally had broken off contact with him since she learned he had started using and abusing drugs. But, after they reconnect, Ally starts to have flashbacks--of their childhood, of Slayer's rocky past, of the summer that tore Ally's life apart, and even of their slowly blossoming romance. As Ally gets tangled even deeper within Slayer's dangerous life, her best friend, Destinee, is pulled in as well. And, to make things even more complicated, Ally starts to grow close with--of all people--Jonathon D'Carlo. What can Ally do to get out of the mess she's gotten herself into?