Sixteen-year-old Mia Hughes is not really a bad girl. She's just made one bad decision after another, like mixing in with the wrong crowd and disappearing for days at a time. Her latest move has forced her parents to do the unthinkable - send her away to boarding school.
Trying to make sense of her new world, far away from Pittsburgh, is only half the battle for Mia as she fights to survive the wicked ways of the rich, spoiled kids at Galt Academy. But Mia is a fighter, and when she befriends junior Lucas Dunlap, the cute coffee shop guy, and his friend, Natalie, things start to look up for her - until the betrayal.
After falling into a deep depression, Mia resorts to the one thing she does best: running away. There's only one problem - Lucas has a hold on her. And just when Mia thinks life can't get any more complicated, it does with some life-changing news. Can Mia keep her head above water long enough to survive the pressures of her new school? And will Lucas be there when she finally comes up for air, once and for all?