Julia Horowitz was too young to drive, but that didn't stop her and her best friend Ken from going on the joyride that would kill him and leave her with a permanent neck burn. Convalescence is different than she imagined: For the first time in her life, unpopular Julia finds that she holds power that was never possible before. As she decides who she'll be post-accident, without Ken, she struggles to figure out what it means to be a survivor and to do the right thing.
When English teacher Emily returns to Prague to visit her former students, married couple Milos and Olexa, she expects a tourist's welcome. But as she reflects upon arrival, "When you revisit a place you've once lived, it isn't a vacation; it's a haunting." As the tension builds between Emily and Milos, so too does the understanding between Emily and Olexa.
Twenty hands on you under a fluorescent bulb. Conferences about blood cell count partly in the nude. And the tiny voice of a seven-year-old roommate across the curtain whose knock-knock jokes seem inexhaustible. These are the moments that make up teenage Nora's book of days as she manages her Crohn's disease in the pediatric ward of the hospital. But what Nora loses in comfort, health, and dignity she gains in the ability to examine the lives of those around her, people who are struggling to do their best.
Vacaville layabouts Constantine and Ralphie get a rude awakening when the rodeo hits town. Constantine has been getting by managing his late father's photo shop until he meets sisters Allison and Lisa, itinerant rodeo ticket-takers who end up moving into his life and his bed. But things can't stay the same after Ralphie's addiction issue forces them to make a choice about what they're willing to give each other as they grapple with issues of identity, leadership, and sexuality.