Carla Rae Torres, high school senior and sometime Thespian, desperately craves her father's approval and escape from the narrow confines of her island life in Saipan with its future of beer, barbecues and children. She's certain she'll fulfill these ambitions with a college education in the mainland USA, but then her mother, Nang, relocates Carla Rae and her younger sisters and brother to Guam and accuses their father of killing the family maid.
When Nang dies in an accident, Carla Rae shelters herself and her siblings from the gossip, suspicions and her own unexpected indecision, but can't escape Nang's indictment.
Will Nang's legacy cloud Carla Rae's future forever with falsehoods and shadows, or worse, with a truth that means her father is a felon and Carla Rae is in danger?
The plot is finding out if your mother was right? Trust me, your mother is ALWAYS right.
There's no plot to speak of here and not much that's compelling.
"cloud her future forever" is hypberole. Avoid that as the stakes.
Gossip, suspicion and indecision are not effective as peril either.