Chantelle is 18 years old and studying hard for her A Levels. An Essex girl born and bred, she is devastated when her father is promoted at work and his new position is in the North East of England. Although she hopes to be going to university soon, she does not relish the thought of moving to where she perceives to be a foreign land. Whilst her parents are away looking for a house, she and her best friend Lucy read through Elle's diaries and relive the good times they have spent together. Exams over, the family move North and Elle makes a surprising discovery which impacts hugely on her life.