In this contemporary novel, we see a young Hollywood starlet who is constantly going into rehab for drugs and alcohol abuse.
The starlet's name is Cherry Pye, aka Cheryl Bunterman. She is now age twenty-two and since she was age fifteen, she's been a popular star with a love for life in the fast lane where there is plenty of drugs and alcohol.
She's currently attempting a comeback after a drug related episode when she was on stage in Boston. She's had so many relapses that her parents and record producer have resorted to hiring a couble, Ann DeLusia, to fill in for Cherry when she's "indisposed."
A member of the paparazzi, Bang Abbott, feels that Cherry is headed for the same unfortunate ending as Michael Jackson. Bang follows Cherry around in attempt to get photos of her at the stages of her downward spiral.
Abbott meets Cherry and on a flight in a private plane, takes some photos that he tinks he can sell. However, when they land, Cherry takes off with the photos and his cell phone.
Meanwhile, Ann is driving in Florida when she swerves to miss hiting a man on the road. She runs her car off the road and in this manner meets Skink, an unbalanced environmentalist and a former governor of Florida. In their dealing, they form an uneasy bond.
Later, Abbott kidnaps Ann thinking that he has Cherry. Cherry's family tries to make the most of it for publicity and they send Cherry's bodyguard, a former con who has a weed whacker attached to one arm. He also has his own ideas about making money from the situation.
As he is searching for Ann, Skink is attempting to find her, to rescue her.
The story is funny, very funny and could be a plot for a good summertime movie.