A large family saga set in a small tourist town:
Gwen is the oldest of four children in the Aaldenberg family, and the one who seems to have it all. She’s also the most desperate to escape. Betta, having lived a lifetime in Gwen’s shadow, is anxious for her to go, so she can finally have reins to the family business. And Esmerelda, viciously determined to follow in Gwen’s footsteps, vies for popularity as a freshman in high school, only to learn that she must sell her soul, reputation, and most prized possession for acceptance.
As their father struggles with retirement and their mother with depression, Betta gets demoted to part time and Gwen’s fiancé unexpectedly moves to town. Unable to resign herself to a local life, Gwen breaks off the engagement, and Gage turns to Betta, the only family member still speaking to him. His friendship is the one good thing in her life, but Betta isn’t sure if that’s because of who he is or because she can’t see past wanting what her sister had. In order to build her life back up and carve out a future, she must decide to what lengths she’ll go in order to become her own person.
Can this family pull through their disappointment, jealousy, and regret? Or will they cling so tightly to their desires that it ruins them?