Lia is fourteen and loosing her best friend. First there's tension between Lia and Ryan over Ryan's new boyfriend Neil, then one day, when things don't seem like they could get any worse, Ryan suddenly disappears. Exene Cervenka, punk rock high priestess and front woman of the legendary LA punk band X, is the only person Lia feels she can "talk" to. Through letters and poems, Lia talks to Exene everyday. Lia is also one of a small handful of black kids in her San Diego suburb of Coronado. She can relate to Exene, but if they were to ever meet, would Exene be able to relate to her Through difficulties and triumphs, and with the searing soundtrack of Exene and her band as her chief inspiration, Lia learns one of life's most elusive lessons; how to be true to herself.