A shooting occurs at a high school in the fictional town of Lieker, known for its strip malls and economic homogeneity. The plot centers around the Metlus family, whose father George works for the Lieker DPW and the two Metlus children, Ricky and Katie, students at the old Liker Eat High School, now named Grover Cleveland High School. The novel begins with a scene involving Edward West, a teacher at Grover Cleveland High School. Other students play an active role of the novel, including Eric Williams, Dan Hoefstra and Dan Mathhews. The assistant Principal of the school, Principal Jones also plays an important role in the work. An author’s note and guided reading group questions also accompany the text.

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