When I'M NOT ASHAMED opens, tenth grader Rachel Joy Scott (Masey McLain) isn't a perfect kid. Still hurting from her parents' divorce years earlier, and crushing on a boy in her drama class, Rachel isn't above sneaking out at night to party with her long-time friends, and hoping that Alex Dickerson (Cameron McKendry) will finally notice her. But Rachel doesn't like her own behavior, and when she goes for her annual summer visit to an aunt's farm, the teen is open to a young cousin's entreaties to let Jesus into her life. It strikes a chord with Rachel... and then changes her life. Back at school, finding joy in drawing and writing in her journal, Rachel immediately begins attending meetings of a Christian teen group, where she connects with Nathan Ballard (an excellent Ben Davies), a homeless young man, who's barely surviving. Now able to practice what she "preaches," Rachel begins to translate her faith into good works, even as she struggles between the religious and secular high school world. Teased about being a "Jesus freak," Rachel remains stalwart, compassionate, and unashamed of her faith and, at the same time, much more maturely confronts the issues that challenged her before. Meanwhile, one very angry and disturbed student has recruited a partner in crime. The two plan to take their revenge on the bullies, elites, and the entire social order of Columbine High School by plotting a massacre of innocents. As the two stories merge, Rachel finds herself directly in the path of the raging killers. She becomes their victim, the first, along with 12 others who died, and the scores of injured that Harris and Kleban left behind before they killed themselves.