Ruth Wasserman has always felt like an outsider in her Alabama town. Being a curly-haired Jewish girl amongst blonde Southern Baptists was never easy and, within her own family, she has always played second fiddle to her older brother. So when it came to college, she went as far away as you could get. But now she’s back home for the summer and though she may look like a new, wiser woman on the outside, she is struggling with low self-esteem after a dead-end relationship at school and what could quite possibly be the beginnings of a serious eating disorder. She’s hoping time at the same summer job as a pool lifeguard and swim coach that she’s had for the last few years will center her again. But when one day a child almost drowns on her watch, she discovers the repercussions will push her to confront truths about her parents, her brother, and herself that she’s been trying to ignore.