Stevie, a thirteen-year-old boy, spends his summer moving between his anxious life at home and a group of new friends he meets at a skate shop. Stevie struggles with a troubled life: with his family, including his steppendent mother and his more abusive brother. At the same time, at school, his richer friends seem to overlook him. When Stevie becomes friends with a group of skateboarders, he tries to experience everything that is “cool,” making some very wrong choices along the way. Along with this group of adolescents, he teaches some tough but valuable lessons about social class, race, and privileges.