Tierney Houston is a seventeen year-old Moberly High School senior. Despite having a 16 month-old daughter, Amera, she excels as a student and is taking welding classes. She hopes the skill will help pay her way through college. She spends her free time with boyfriend Doug Sumpter, a junior. Two weeks ago, Tierney’s mother, Carol Maynard, was released from prison and moved in. Carol relies heavily on her daughter as she is under house arrest.
Amera's legs dangle as Tierney drops her off at daycare before heading to school.