Can we ever really escape the scars of our past? Set during the last days of a disgraced boarding school, the novel weaves between present day Los Angeles and Britain in the 1990s. A spate of pornographic polaroids and a violent accident bookend Josephine's last year at St. John the Divine, an elite all-girls English boarding school. Divines are known for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys and chain-smoking cigarettes. Joe and her friends are fiercely loyal, sharp tongued and witty in the way that only teenage girls can be. When Joe is forced to board with Gerry Lake, the class pariah, she feels the ground beneath her shift. An unlikely friendship with a townie named Lauren further upends her world, as does a tragedy that changes everything.