Melinda Sordino is a traumatized teenager, who is struggling to cope with being sexually assaulted by an older boy named Andy Evans before her freshman year of high school. During the second marking period, Melinda continues to struggle assimilating to life in high school and is viewed as an outcast by her peers. As Christmas approaches, Melinda sets up the Christmas tree on her own and reflects that she must be a disappointment to her parents. Melinda then contemplates her parents' unhappy marriage and believes that she is the only reason her mother and father never got a divorce. Melinda considers it a shame that they just don't divorce, sell the house, split the money, and move on with their lives.
On Christmas Day, Melinda and her family sleep in until noon and Melinda gives her parents their gifts. Melinda ends up getting her mother a black sweater and her father a CD of sixties hits. Melinda's parents then give her a handful of gift certificates, a TV for her room, ice skates, and a sketch pad with charcoal pencils. Her parents then mention that they've noticed her drawing lately and Melinda is forced to hold back her tears. She almost tells them everything and tries her best to suppress her emotions. Melinda's mind then shifts back to the night of her rape while she sits in silence. Her parents then leave the room and Melinda realizes that she didn't even say thank you. Overall, Melinda reacts to receiving her presents by suppressing her emotions, remembering the night of her rape, and thinking about telling her parents everything that happened to her.