Fifteen-year-old Lily and her best friend Alison live near the shores of California's Salton Sea, a heavily polluted lake in the middle of the desert. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town with trailer parks, abandoned hotels, and beaches full of dead fish and dying birds.
Lily is sprinting towards adulthood, with the hope of escaping the chains of her overbearing mother and her small, dying hometown. Alison is a tomboy being raised by her alcoholic father, content with slowly strolling through life, sheltered from the uncertainty and complications of growing up.
When the girls meet three older skateboarders from Los Angeles, Lily convinces Alison to steal a truck and follow the boys to the "city of angels." Once in L.A., they fall into the boys' world of scams and petty crime. When the boys hatch a new plan using Lily as bait, the girls are torn apart and things quickly spiral out of control. Lily must decide how far she will go to grow up, and Alison must decide how far she will go to protect Lily.
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