A true story set in 1989, nineteen year old Natasha, obsessively in love with her former school teacher Miss Williams, struggles with her infatuations with women. Having sex with boys, she earns the condemnation of gay and straight worlds. Feeling too fat to deserve romantic involvement with another girl, Natasha stops eating.
This is a coming out story and a love story which takes place one year after the infamous Section 28 was introduced, according to which it was not permitted to "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship."
The book describes in detail Natasha's clumsy attempts at heterosexuality, the obsessive clinging to unrequited love, her embracing of sexual harassment, and her dysfunctional relationship with body image and food.