Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She's used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she's got a secret--an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren't as fixable as she'd hoped, and when her boyfriend begins pressing her for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York. Then Rhodes, a student teacher, presses her to acknowledge her talent for writing, and everything gets more confusing--especially her new feelings for him. Clara is forced to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life others have chosen for her?