At Joan of Arc High, everyone is a part of a clique except Jill and when her brother dies in a car accident on the day before Thanksgiving, she ends up more alone than ever. Then, she sees one of the Vanities' elite with Johan Shelby, the hottest guy in school. At Arc, dating outside of one's crew is basically a crime, especially for the Vanities. Jill gets so thrown off that she doesn't even notice when a bus nearly hits her. Nikola pulls her back just in time but now he is trying to control her life.
Enter the Loners crew, AKA Shades. Her brother played basketball with the leader, Nikola; now he has recruited Jill to be one of them for reasons she suspects are no good. She knows more than she should, but not nearly enough. What do any of them really want with her and what will it take for her to find out?
Bonfire of the Vanities: Strike includes bonus material: full song lyrics, reader's guide and a bonus excerpt of Bonfire of the Vanities: Combust.