Rachael O'Brien, a girl from the cornfields of Canton, Ohio, returns to college in North Carolina in her old Ford. Before the engine has cooled, she finds herself in a passionate lip-lock with the man she's been fantasizing about, making sophomore year seem full of promise.
When a bejeweled oyster brooch arrives in the mail, trouble soon follows. Traveling in the same art circles as a mysterious hookah-smoking Turk as well as falling on the wrong side of the most-feared professor on campus - her advisor, her intern boss, and the teacher of an art history course she can't drop - puts a strain on campus life.
Staying on top of classes, navigating murky relationship waters, roommate drama, a psychic's warning, and a terrifying encounter from the past require cunning and wit for a girl to avoid being Shelled and Shucked.