18-year old Teresa knows that her 22-year-old neighbor, James, is in love with her. It’s sort of a given. Has been for years. She doesn’t mean him any harm, but she doesn’t return the feelings. She just lets him hang around. To a point.
Until the night she breaks James’s heart. It’s not malicious. But it’s definitely careless. So when James gets on his motorcycle in the dark, speeds up the Big Sur coast and drives off a cliff near Ragged Point, she feels responsible. As responsible as she would feel if she had aimed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger.
She shaves her head, “leaves herself,” and moves up the coast. But she just can’t seem to get away from the past.
Good thing the Universe has a plan (in the form of a tough 11-year-old kid who latches onto her and won’t let go) to show her the way to walk through it all.