Ever met a forty-year-old lesbian Republican librarian in love with her own repression? Well, Vera Curran is it. She's sexless, loveless, and full of sardonic vinegar until she meets the newest member of the Louisa County High School faculty: the statuesque Frankie Bourdon. Bourdon is an ex-Navy pilot hell-bent on getting gay sex education taught where she is newly affiliated and Vera practially laughs in her face till the tides turn serious: Vera begins to have feelings she never thought existed. Now, here's the hard part. How does Frankie deal with two speedbumps - the public school system and the very funny, yet ridiculous Vera Curran?
When the shifting feelings ensue, Vera begins to unveil to the reader that there are two types of cancer killing people: the cancer of hatred and the cancer filling Frankie's lungs. Vera must find her way during the most pivotal eighteen months of her life.