Cherry Marshall is the tallest, gawkiest, most unwittingly beautiful girl ever to come out of Sweet Valley, Arkansas. Her father's a deacon at the First Apostolic Holiness Church of God -- a real "Don't" religion, as she sees it. With her best friend, Baby, Cherry fights off the drudgery of peeling onions at the pickle plant while the rest of the country explodes into the summer of 1969. But when a hip, sexy stranger comes to Sweet Valley and falls in love with Cherry, she gets a taste of everything she'd been taught was bad . . . and comes to see that Sweet Valley isn't quite what she thought.