Molly Stewart is a high school student who has been working as a prostitute since her parents both abandoned her.
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Her grades are good, and she successfully pretends to be a normal student, avoiding extra-curricular activities and PTA obligations by telling her teachers that she lives with her invalid mother whom she takes care of.
Lieutenant Andrews is an LAPD detective assigned to a homicide investigation involving several working girls. There appears to be a particularly depraved serial killer targeting prostitutes. Andrews talks to the girls in the area, including Molly, and advises them to work in pairs for safety.
Molly pairs up with a girl named Lana, but after Lana takes a client off alone Molly finds her murdered. She manages to ID the killer in a lineup but he grabs a cop's gun and escapes. Fearing for her safety, Lieutenant Andrews takes Molly home with the intention of speaking to her parents and of course discovers the truth about her missing parents. He warns her to stay off the streets in case the killer comes back for her.
Molly goes back to work despite his advice, but buys a gun for safety. The gun comes in handy when a group of boys from her school spot her on the street and try to drag her into their car. She escapes but the boys tell everyone at school about her night job.
One of her teachers goes to her house after hearing the rumors but Mae, one of Molly's friends from the street, sneaks into her apartment and pretends to be her mother. However the serial killer has tracked down Molly's address and shows up while Mae is still there.
Molly and Andrews return to find Mae's body and Molly decides she's had enough.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a cheesy exploitation flick, but the performances are not bad and the sleaze relatively mild. The plot and action are nicely paced and keep you entertained all the way through.
Best scene in story:
SPOILER: The final shootout, when Angel is armed and out for revenge. It's very satisfying that she is angry and doing something about it, instead of hiding.
Opinion about the main character:
She's surprisingly tough and smart for a teenager making terrible choices.