Losing Face narrates the friendship, tragedy, identity struggles and triumph of two 15-year olds, corresponding over the Internet.
Shy, musical Cass is encouraged by foster child Em to ride in Spider's car. He drives recklessly, causing an accident. He is unhurt but Cass goes through the windscreen and suffers life-threatening facial injuries. Em and her friend Jock wait for the ambulance, terrified Cass will die.
Cass struggles to cope through medical procedures and coming to terms with her facial disfigurement. She is taunted about her appearance and becomes depressed. Em has her own problems but at their lowest point, they make a pact to conquer the past and make a new future. Cass has a love/hate relationship with Spider; Em strongly dislikes him and distrusts his motives.
After singing in a school concert, Cass is interviewed on television. Spider's comments about the interview infuriate her. She finishes with him, realising she is more highly valued by others.
Cass and Em create a performance piece together based on a Christian poem written by Cass. This becomes a celebration of life itself.
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