Fay is excited to spend the summer in small-town Juniper with her cousin Celia. But she soon becomes alarmed by her uncle’s scary temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. To avoid the tension at home, Celia escapes with her boyfriend, leaving Fay feeling lost and alone.
And then there’s Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay has made it clear that she isn’t allowed to spend time with him, though she is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more.