When he appears, she discovers that he is a man in his 30s.
Annie is upset at first, but he charms her into going with him to a motel.
At school, Brittany, Annie's best friend, deduces Annie had sex, as she had seen her and Charlie that day at the mall.
Brittany is concerned about this and notifies the school administration.
The police arrive and depart with Annie, drawing unwanted attention from fellow students at her high school. The FBI have Annie contact Charlie, in an attempt to identify him, but he figures out the ruse and breaks off contact with her before the FBI can trace his location.
Annie's father, Will, starts his own investigation, by taking up the services of a private investigation firm in New Jersey and even stealing a collection of his daughter's chat conversations with Charlie from the FBI.
His relationship with his daughter and his wife, Lynn, starts to become alienating, and he questions his work at an advertising firm, which uses provocative advertisements involving teenagers.
Annie still believes Charlie loves her, and is angry at Brittany and her parents.A few more days pass, and although Charlie has not been identified, DNA evidence proves he has sexually abused several other young girls.Fourteen-year-old Annie Cameron lives in suburban Chicago. When she meets Charlie in an online chat room, she establishes an instant connection with him. Over time, as the two bond by sending phone text messages and through instant messaging, he bumps his age up to 18, 20, then 25.Annie is taken aback at first, but comes to believe that the two of them are in love.After two months of communicating electronically, Charlie invites Annie to meet him at the mall.While her parents are dropping off Annie's brother at college, Annie goes to the mall and awaits her first face-to-face meeting with Charlie.