Everyone tells you to follow your dreams, but what do you do if the world doesn't care about your dreams? This Wasn't the Plan tells three stories on this theme. In "Phantom," Ken stands on the threshold of adolescence and a party given by his parents roughly pushes him through into the world of adults. He is challenged to make sense of the lessons about maturity and masculinity offered to him by his mother and the various Air Force officers that surround her. In "Defrost," Lucia has moved to the big city and intends to take the art world by storm, but her friend decides not to join her and her double-major seems to mean nothing. Yet rent must be paid and neighbors dealt with. And then there's that thing in her fridge. "Sink" is the story of a writer whose preoccupation with his lack of success eats away at his marriage. One night, he sees Hermine, a woman who turns out to be a writer also. Interest turns to obsession, until he is confronted and forced to face reality. But fantasies never die; they just find a new outlet.