High school junior Elizabeth Carter is self-confident and outgoing with a bright future. Life is good for Elizabeth, then she meets Brad Evans. To those on the outside, and even to Elizabeth at first, her life gets even better with Brad. Slowly and insidiously, though, Brad takes control of Elizabeth. Is she really as lucky as she thinks she is? What price is she willing to pay to be this popular, charming, attractive senior boy's girlfriend? Is she envied...or pitied? Most importantly, does she have to lose herself in order to be Brad's significant other?
This story starts off by showing us how much Elizabeth Carter loves to play tennis and hang out with her girlfriends. This year, her Junior year at Chesterville High School, she is hoping to make the Varsity Team. She loves tennis so much. She loves the feel of the racket in her hand, the feel of hitting the ball in what she calls 'that sweet spot on the racket'. It is her passion. Her other passion is her best girlfriends. Elizabeth is just another everyday ordinary girl who loves and is doing everything she loves.
In the meantime, she also has her eyes on Brad Evans who is a very popular football player. He is the hottest guy in school and everyone knows it. Everyone also knows he is now single, too. Brad was dating Sarah Wilson, but the gossip was she dumped him, or did he dump her? Now Brad is single and available. Wow! She is geeked just thinking about him and the slight 'chance' she might have of going on a date with him. Elizabeth's girlfriends are making fun of her, and she's rolling with the punches, but later that evening when they go to the Junior/Senior hangout at Grizzly's, Brad is there. Her heart flutters with nervousness. He is causing all kinds of commotion, though. Hmm? She and her girlfriends think Brad and the other football players must be rehashing the game over again.
Elizabeth goes up to the counter to get something to drink, and Brad approaches her. Her stomach is jittering. They end up sitting and talking, and she does realize he is quite full of himself. She thinks of it as him just being such a popular Senior football player.
They start to date! Over time though, Brad tries and succeeds at cutting Elizabeth off from her friends, and even tries to talk her out of playing tennis. He starts to become quite obsessive/possessive, too much so.