Apathetic 17-year-old Gus hangs around doing nothing with his buddy Bill most of the time. Gus likes to tell half-true stories about all the girls heÂ’s slept with and all the drugs heÂ’s done. Jessica is 17 too. She doesn't seem to have much in common with anyone anymore--not even her best friend Christie. Every year this one guy Brian throws a 4th of July party. The partyÂ’s never that great, but there's free beer, so people always go. Gus and Jessica meet each other there. They watch fireworks outside and light sparklers. Gus says that he's not the sort of guy she thinks he is. He tells her a secret he has never told anyone before.