In a rural town in North Carolina, sixteen year old Cat lives with her older brother, aunt and her Dad. She used to have a close friendship with Patrick but for some reason they drifted apart. Everyone in their town knew that Patrick was gay but Cat had no problem with him being gay. She had always had caring feelings towards him. One night at Patrick's job he was found badly injured and near death. Cat wants to find out who was the author of this so called hateful crime, so she sets herself to investigate. She goes around town and talks to some close people that tend to hang around with Patrick. The story has a very twisted ending, that some readers might not expect. I have to note that the story is somewhat long but the ending is worth it !!!