Aaron blames homework for ruining his life but still he plugs away, ever hopeful that today will be the day he gets all his assignments done on time, makes his parents happy, and maybe even finds a girlfriend. Zeta cheats. A little. Loaded up with AP and Honors classes, she reasons that no sensible person would write every English paper from scratch or neglect to bring a cheat sheet to a French exam. The only class she enjoys is art—how could anyone not love the smell of clay? Will, on the other hand, could breeze through school if he chose to. And he always goes to class when there’s a good reason. But usually there’s not, so he’s flunking out. Ordinarily, these three students would never talk to each other, but when a group project for French class brings them together, they’re forced to confront their stereotypes and their anxieties—and even more troubling, their wishes and dreams.
It’s an ordinary day at school for fifteen-year-old Georgia, when suddenly, in the middle of English class … Meow!
Stressed-out high school senior Molly is way too busy to date. Her fondest wish is to get a good night’s sleep. Her friend Ellen, also an over-achiever, recommends a way out of the frenetic round of résumé-building: accidentally on purpose forget the condoms on prom night. At first, Molly resists the suggestion to find a boyfriend in time for prom. But as the two girls survey the prospects at a school dance, Molly begins to waver. Will college be pretty much the same as high school—with more sex and drugs but with just as much pressure? Maybe she should keep her options open…
Gail is a rising star in the art world. Then a miracle occurs. Her statue of a handsome young tennis player, destined to adorn the atrium of an upscale health club, comes miraculously to life. It’s love at first kiss for Gail and Peter—but there’s a big problem. Gail owes a statue to the Pool and Tennis Club. If she fails to deliver, she can’t pay her bills. And her career as an artist is finished. What will she do when the art movers come calling?
The setting is just outside a city by the coast. The time is soon. Three sea nymphs (Hesione, Rhodos, and Admeta) emerge from the ocean and are greeted by Lyris, also a sea nymph, who has been living among the humans. All four are members of the Daughters of Ocean, a radical environmental party. Lyris bears the news that Prometheus, husband of Hesione, is imprisoned in the National TV Studio; robotic eagles are pecking out his liver, and his torture is to be broadcast to every screen on every device throughout the country. Horrified, Hesione plans a rescue. But Rhodos protests. Humans are despoiling the earth and the sea. If their rule is not overthrown, all are doomed. Wouldn’t The Resistance be better served by the martyrdom of Prometheus than by his escape? The Daughters must decide what sacrifices are worth making for their cause.
Jane is a story-junkie, addicted to the rush of high-stakes dramatic conflict. Today, she’s trying to kick her habit. Will you help her?