Phantom and the Riveters, a struggling local cult band, tries hard to live the dream of rock stardom with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. They even have groupies, which they call the Chosen, and Phantom, the charismatic leader, has the girls lined up outside his motel door. But one fateful night in 1991, the after-party gets out of hand, and the band flees the scene when a girl is found floating facedown in the pool. They don't get far before their van crashes through a guardrail and over a cliff, exploding in a fiery crash. For years, no one knows if any of the four members survived.
Twenty-four years later, Lance and Julie are struggling young actors when they land the parts of Romeo and Juliet in Chicago’s Shakespeare in the Parks summer theater. Their attraction is immediate and compelling, and they quickly move in together. However, their mothers, CeCe and Elise, are not as enamored of the situation. And it’s not because they think that their children are moving too fast and identifying too closely with the “star-cross’d lovers,” Romeo and Juliet. CeCe and Elise were both at the last ill-fated concert of Phantom and The Riveters, they were both two of the Chosen, and Lance’s and Julie’s birthdays are only days apart . . .
Can Regan, an investigative journalist, uncover the truth of what happened on that October night in 1991? The man she really needs to interview, the charismatic and mysterious MIchael, isn’t talking. But then again, he has more to hide than anyone. However, that doesn’t stop Regan from falling under his spell. She doesn’t know that the guilty secrets that Michael guards so closely may also have very personal implications for her.