This is it—Tori’s senior year. Her last chance to leave Nelson High without a bucketload of regrets. Number one priority—get Colt to fall in love with her. So what if he’s the Raider’s number one playmaker? So what if he’s so far out of her league the idea of them together would rupture the school’s social order? She has to try, before it’s too late.
Georgia, 1961. The heat is sweltering. The crops are ripening. And everything is about to burn. Thirteen-year-old Maggie Pugh has lived in Kinship, Georgia, all her life. In all that time, almost nothing has changed. If you are poor, you live on the west side of town. If you are rich, you live on the hill. If you are white, you sit at the counter at Byer’s drugs.. …If you are black, you eat outside. That’s just the way things are. Maggie’s never given it much thought. Then it happens. Something horrible. And Maggie’s world explodes.