Melissas most recent troubles stem from a secret: her 28-year-old boyfriend Michael has just broken up with her. Though the relationship is clearly over, Melissa clings to the memories, riding a relentless wave of hope and disappointment. Meaningless sexual escapades, drunken nights, and drug-induced blackouts help her cope with heartbreak, but her pain goes much deeper than unrequited teenage love. Her insight, sense of humour, optimism, and sheer determination prove to be saving graces, as is her ability to find solace in the Greek myths shes learned about in grade ten English class. And in the end, it is Melissas mother who proves to be the real victim of tragedy, and Melissa who must save her.