Yvette Olivia Upstand- O’Malley is determined to be wholly and uniquly herself. In Northern California as a: high school cross-country runner, ambitious theater student, and incredabily resourceful speech finalist, she challengs society’s expectations of what a human female should be. As Vette can attest, life is certainly a journey. With intellligence, beauty, and an unwaivering determination she makes it appear effortless. While both forbidden and enduring love tint her saga, it is through her passion for the written word her true colors are revealed. In the face of tragedy, injury, and illness Vette is forced to continuously reinvent herself as an adult. As pain, terror, and loss render her undone she is able to show us what she is really made of.