California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering
counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in
unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the
cusp of adulthood, will shape her life.... 'This book will break
your heart and blow your mind.' Lena Dunham Evie Boyd is desperate
to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under
the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and
the sidewalks radiate heat. Until she sees them. The snatch of cold
laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops
of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.
And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt
track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords.
Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways. Was there a
warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too
enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed