Bethany Pruitt is home-schooled and stuck with younger brother Shayne under the thumb of their upbeat but oppressive mother. Her only escape is a teen fashion zine her absentee gay dad gives her. Life with her father Dale is no picnic either. His self-loathing, alcoholic outbursts weigh heavily on Bethany. While at her job at a cheap, trendy retail chain Jail Bait, Bethany learns about Fashion Art Technology Institute which she sees as a path for a better future. Her journey to achieve this goal will end up redefining her and her family.