Lora Menotti is five feet five of concentrated sex, one hundred twenty-five pounds of undiluted viciousness. She is sixteen. She is deadly. Her parents know it, and they are afraid of her. Her older brother knows it, and he tries never to turn his back on her. Her neighbors know it, and they keep their distance. The other kids in the gang, the Scarlet Sinners, they know it, too. They fear her, and because of that they respect her. In a teen gang, fear equals respect. There is no other law. This is Lora’s story, a girl who thrills at the thought of death, embraces sex with each new leader of the gang, and who controls her world the only way she can--by pitting each member against the other, with her body as bait.
Johnny Price has big plans. Only 19, he already knows what he wants, and he isn’t going to find it delivering groceries in a small town in upstate New York. So when he gets a chance to help a couple of local gangsters take out the competition, he jumps at the opportunity. Suddenly, he’s in, a member of the Syndicate. Johnny is on his way. Now he’s got plenty of money, a new car--and lots of women. And that suits him fine, because Johnny knows how to please them all. But Johnny wants more--more power, classier ladies--like the slinky, sophisticated Marie. But Marie is Rizzo’s woman. To take Marie, he has to go all the way to New York City. And to get there, he has to betray his own bosses. Good thing for Johnny he has a plan.