On Valentine’s day eve in Odessa Texas in 1976, a bored fourteen-year-old named Gloria Ramirez gets in a pickup truck with a white oilfield roustabout. The book begins as she wakes up in the dirt next to him, having been brutally raped and beaten. While he is still unconscious, she walks barefoot to the nearest farmhouse, just barely visible, and the door is opened by Mary Rose Whitehead, who will never be the same. But Mary Rose is just one of the characters grappling with the effect of the crime, as well as the changes coming to Odessa as it enters a new oil boom. The book deals with issues of race, class, age, and gender, as it builds toward its startling and powerful conclusion.