Tourmaline Harris and Virginia Campbell have only crossed paths as students in the same high school. Now, it’s the summer after graduation, and the girls’ lives are about to collide.
When Virginia’s slimy boss, a dirty lawyer named Hazard, commands her to take down the Wardens of Iron Gate, a local motorcycle gang, she has to ingratiate herself with Tourmaline, for befriending the Wardens’ president’s daughter is the quickest way to penetrate the inner circle. Meanwhile, Tourmaline has a problem of her own: her mother’s recently released drug-dealing ex-boyfriend wants revenge for Tourmaline’s role in his incarceration. As the girls get to know each other, Virginia reveals to Tourmaline that the Wardens aren’t as harmless as Tourmaline has believed. Who are they, really? Tourmaline has always thought of them as a benevolent extended family, but her father has always protected her from the reality. Violence, deception, and crime are tempered with love and friendship as Virginia and Tourmaline help each other in their missions to survive the limits and dangers placed on them by the men in their lives. Most characters appear to be white by default; Tourmaline’s forbidden love interest (canoodling with the president’s daughter is verboten), Cash, the Wardens’ newest conscript, is black.
Readers will stand up and cheer for these mighty heroines. (Fiction. 13 & up)