Penelope is troubled. Her brother is gone, her parents are basically checked out of life in general, and she is having a hard time controlling her "urges". Urges to steal things, urges to tap, bow, say certain words, and always in 3's, 6's or 9's. She spends most of her time outside of school wandering and finds herself in "Neverland", the run-down part of town, and she overhears a murder. 'Lo becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of this murder. The murder of Sapphire, a 19 year old dancer in a club called The Tens. It is in following leads on the murder that she meets Flynt. Finally someone who gets her and all her quirks, yet who he really? She finds herself falling in love with Flynt, yet holding back as she tries to understand who Bird is in Sapphire's journals, the truth behind her brother's death, and unwind the web that left Sapphire dead.