"Nice to talk of you all again! I've been writing like this in every volume and suddenly we're in volume 11! I never expected this would run so long! Maybe the story keeps evolving because I've been working without thinking much about where it's going..."
"Tsukushi Makino is from a poor family, but she's attending an elite school for the super rich. Her life has become intertwined with the ruling boys of the school in a whirlwind of love and confusion. Tsukushi has just two weeks to prepare for the Teen of Japan contest! She can't do it all on her own so Tsukasa's sister, Tsubaki, offers her tutors in everything she'll need to know to win. She must stay at the Domyoji mansion while she receives her lessons. Can Tsukushi stand the rigors of this training, and will anyone bolster her spirits?"
Tsukushi Makino's training for Teen of Japan gets off to a rough start. She starts to feel discouraged after hearing about Ayano Kurimaki, who is a shoo-in to win. In the park after school, Tsukushi runs into Seinosuke Amakusa. He advises her not to enter the contest since his childhood friend will surely win. Ayano coincidentally walks up at that moment. That night, Tsukushi attempts to leave Tsukasa Domyoji'shome. He convinces her not to leave and comforts her for the rest of the night. Afterwards, Tsukushi's training greatly improves. The day before the contest, she meets Seinosuke who offers to help her pay back her loan. Tsukushi politely declines, feeling that "This is no longer just a matter of money."
In the first round, the contestants are tasked with picking out clothes that expresses their individuality. Tsukushi feels lost amongst the designer clothes until Tsukasa shouts encourage her to continue. Her outfit earns laughs from the audience, but one judge calls it a "stunningly original statement." Tsukushi passes on to the next round. In the dressing room, an argument breaks out between Sonoko Maekawa and Ayano after the former criticizes Tsukushi. Ayano's engagement to Seinosuke is brought up. Once Sonoko leaves, Ayano reveals to Tsukushi that she came to Japan to face her head-on. In the second round, the girls' English skills are tested by the judge, Jody Grand, who converses with them over tea.
During Tsukushi's turn, she stays silent before finally saying "Hallo." The conversation goes relatively well for a while, before Mrs. Grand begins to feel faint. She begins talking too fast for Tsukushi to keep up. Just as Mrs. Grand is falling over, Tsukushi shouts "pale" and catches her. The word happens to be what Mrs. Grand was talking about, impressing her. Tsukushi and Ayano pass on to the final round. The two finalists are given a fifteen minute break, during which they meet Seinosuke backstage. Ayano becomes emotional when she reminds him of his promise to marry her that he made when they were children. Seeing how hurt Ayano is, Tsukushi promises to give Seinosuke her answer after the contest.
The illustration used for the cover was first used on the cover of Margaret No.14 in June 1995. A pink background was originally used but was switched to a white background for the volume release.
The volume's cover image was republished in the seventh volume of the series' complete edition for the illustration gallery.