At first glance you wouldn’t notice anything different or strange about Nora O’Malley. She looks like any other average, pretty teen. But the truth is, Nora is anything but average. In fact, she’s not even Nora O’Malley. That’s just a made-up name, the most recent of many.
You see, Nora is actually playing at being normal. It’s not her fault that it’s an act, it’s just the way she’s been programmed. For as long as she can remember, Nora has constantly been shifting through different personalities, looks and names. There was Rebecca, Samantha, Haley, Katie, Ashley, the list goes on. They’re all girls that her con-artist mother trained her to be, based on whatever potential husband or boyfriend she wanted to target. It was all a mother/daughter facade designed to fit the current con.
For the last five years, however, the girl now named Nora has been away from all that. Thanks to her older sister—who was once being groomed as a conning protégé, just like she was—Nora was able to get away from the horrible mother who shaped and reshaped her life. It hasn’t been easy, but Nora O’Malley is starting to learn to be something other than a fake girl.
But this morning, something happened that threatens to upend everything. She walked into a local bank with her ex-boyfriend, Wes, and current girlfriend, Iris, and the three of them were suddenly swept up in a bank robbery.
Two robbers. Both white. Clean jeans, heavy boots. Black T-shirts, no logos. Two guns, maybe more.
Nora’s mind quickly ticks off the details as she’s laying on the floor with the other bank customers, the youngest robber waving a shotgun around over their heads. Red Cap, the younger of the two takes the orders while Grey Cap—the older, rougher man who’s obviously seen jailtime—gives them. But it’s also obvious that things aren’t going as the thieves planned. And this will soon become a hostage situation.
Most people wouldn’t see all that while face down on the carpet but Nora instantly sizes up the details of the situation: just the way she’s been trained to do. In fact, as tempers flare, she also knows that someone will likely be shot very soon. And the fact that the robbers aren’t wearing masks would suggest that they all will be gunned down at some point.
In truth, the only way out that these hostages may have at all is lying right there with them on the floor of the bank. It’s a girl named Nora … who isn’t Nora … at all.