"Why aren't you smiling?" Shayla Gutierrez gets asked this question all the time. In her mind, she has no reason to be smiling. Growing up with a single mother, six siblings, living in a two bedroom apartment all she has time to think about is getting out. At sixteen, Shayla has one goal, and that's to make a better life for herself and her family. She meets seventeen year old Alex Rodriguez, and it's as if her life immediately changes. She finds herself doing things for him she's never done.