California sophomore Evie Gomez has benefited from all the accoutrements of upper-class life, including a maid, private school, successful parents, and every whim fulfilled – even a surfboard she has yet to dip into salt water. Her friends call themselves the Flojos for the flip-flops that are their trademark, some of which cost more than 100 dollars. The hip language, omnipresence of drugs and alcohol, plus the cars, games, and freedom of these teens combine with Latina cultural icons and Spanglish galore. Not that Evie really speaks Spanish, as she often has to get help from Dee Dee, who recently has returned from a number of years in Mexico City. The plot centers around Evie's identity crisis as she moves from her initial chopped blue hair to the honey blonde she adopts when hanging out with the Sangros, a slightly wilder clique.