Bonita Mercado is the coach of a baseball team comprised of teenage girls with anorexia and bulimia, none of whom (by an unlucky throw of fate’s dice) have ever been particularly good at sports.
She didn’t exactly choose for this to happen. She wanted a job counseling sex workers in the world’s most dangerous red-light district, but instead she got stuck at Corolla House, a fancy recovery home for teenage girls with eating disorders and rich parents.
It’s against her professional code of conduct to wring her new patients’ necks, but it’s hard for her not to resent them when she feels like they’re standing in the way of her destiny as a crisis counselor. Also when one of the mean ones keeps calling her fat. (That’s Genevieve. She is the villain of the piece.)
But now Bonita is their coach, and she’s got a list of local teams that she thinks they can beat. These teams are mostly church trips. And families on reunion tours. And the staff members of local restaurants.
Bonita needs a good reference to move on to her dream job, so she needs her athletics program to be a success. She needs to get inside the girl’s heads and figure out how to help them heal–enough to play with heart and come together as a team.
They call themselves the Licking County Giants.