Stella Lane is great at math, but her autism makes her not-so-great with people. Kissing reminds her of a shark getting his mouth cleaned by a pilot fish, and making love is all about letting a man take pleasure in her body, without expecting the experience to be even remotely as pleasant to her.

Studious as she is, Stella concludes that if she practiced with a professional, she would eventually be able to enjoy sex more—or at least not freeze while someone is making love to her.

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