A year ago, Ashton Graves was struck and killed crossing the street, leaving his sister Amanda alone, severely damaged and impossibly distraught. Amanda, now 22, is just starting college in attempts to make something of herself. She has developed anxiety and depression, since her brother's death. She has taken up Ashton's smoking habit and moved without notifying a soul, including Ashton's best friend, Olly, who had become like a second brother to Amanda. She cuts him off in attempts to shield herself from any more potential pain, deciding that she no longer wants to care about anyone that death can touch.
Then she meets a friendy, extroverted boy in her English class at school, and he slowly cracks her shell open with his quiet cleverness and black-framed glasses. Elias lost both of his parents by the time he was eight and grew up in England with his sweet-hearted grandmother, who raised him to become a gentle Christian man. As an only child, Auden tries to empathize with Amanda's pain of losing her only brother and tries to help her with the calamity that Ashton left behind.
Elias' dimples, the cross around his neck and his cornflower blue eyes may just turn out to be enough to save Amanda from destroying herself.