They were doomed from the start. 18, and from a good family, Beth was always the first to take a dare, to be the one to try something before the others. But there are only so many dares to take in a small town in the South in 1940. 19 and from a troubled past, Johnny never had a chance. No parents, no encouragement, not even a brother or sister to lean on - he was alone - his only role models the mug shots he saw and read about in the true crime magazines. She wasn't looking for anything - but that's when trouble finds you - in love, and in life.