Although they attend different schools, Alan’s and Marie’s paths cross regularly as they travel on the same school bus a couple of times each week. It’s not long before Alan realizes he has a crush on Marie, and it’s not one-sided. Once they have overcome the initial teenage angst of getting to know someone of the opposite sex, they become inseparable. However, fate gets in the way, and as Marie begins to become increasingly possessive of Alan, she resents his total commitment to football, which seems to take up all his time. When ‘the other girl’ comes on the scene, their relationship is put to the test and falls apart. Reconciled a while later, they rebuild their relationship, but with a dysfunctional family and a relative committing suicide, the pressure becomes too much for Marie and as her mood blackens, she begins self-harming. Alan has his own problems to contend with, and although he is an outstanding football player, an injury in his freshman year haunts him. Frustration and anger surface and he fights to control his temper.