Casey Black - a seventeen-year-old butch lesbian - lives a quiet life with her grandfather in a small, central-Illinois town. When not at school or working at the Wise Owl Café, she spends her time at home in her grandfather's subsidized apartment complex, Sky Court.
But when seven-year-old Patricia Dale goes missing, Casey joins the search for the girl, despite the objections of her grandfather and her laid-back boss.Fellow Sky Court residents and local high-school basketball stars Steve Jones and Trevor Morrison rarely interact with Casey. But that changes once Casey discovers the secret they are hiding.
Amid washing dishes and helping search for the missing child, Casey falls for another Sky Court resident, Rowena Miller, a former cheerleader who returned a different person after a semester abroad in France. Soon, the lives of Casey, Rowena, Steve, and Trevor intertwine in ways they never expected.