Francesca is an 16 year old Italian girl, living in the border of Sydney, whilst starting a school that has just begun to accept girls. Francesca has been thrown into the deep end and is dropping real fast. As she has just left her old all girl school - St Stella's and now is finding it difficult to go on without her friends that always guide her identity. On top of this her rock, her mother Mia is suffering from depression and is no longer telling Francesca who she should be. Francesca has always been inclined by her mother and her St. Stella friends who she is and now that the bond is lost so is Francesca and her identity. Now that she has started at St Sebastian's Francesca is free to explore who she really is and be able to be her true self. Saving Francesca is one of the most high-status books by imaginative author Melina Marchetta.
During her time at this school she is faced with many adversities. She is forced to chage her view on her self, her family and her true friends.
At the school she befriends her ex bestfriend and rekindles there relationship.
She also befriends a year 12 boy Will who she becomes involved with.
At first her mum becomes ill and she blames it on her father, until she finds out that the reason her mum is depressed was because she had a misscariage.
A major cataylst of change for frankie was when she ran away on the train and ended up at Woy Woy, her father comes to save her and realises that he never did anything wrong.