If thirteen-year-old Buddy Love's life were a television show, ratings would be in the pits! Not that Buddy's life is so terrible; it's just terribly average. He has an average family, gets average grades, and is the type of guy who is, basically, average. Besides watching television (especially talk shows and sitcoms) and girl-watching, nothing has ever really grabbed him.But one day, Buddy's father wins a camcorder in a raffle. And when Buddy decides to tape his family and friends for a school project, he learns some very surprising, even shocking, things. His soap-opera-loving grandmother was a World War II spy? His quiet librarian mother was once a Playboy Bunny? Through the camera's lens, Buddy starts to see his family and friends a lot more clearly, and begins to suspect that he himself may not be quite so average after all.