Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom's gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, the next stepfather. Anna gets used to being alone, until she discovers that she can make boys her family, from Desmond to Joey to Todd. But filling the void comes at a price -- the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's best friend, Toy, marches to her own beat, and, like Anna, she's found her own way around the loneliness. But she carries secrets around with her that even Anna can't know... Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love begins to come out... and she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose -- and something to offer.