Marcus really wants to make his school's football team, but he's new in town and doesn't have anyone to train with over the summer. He can't believe his luck when he meets Charlie, a former NFL linebacker who wants to play football in the park with him. But there's something strange about Charlie; he's forgetful and immature, and he seems almost like a teenager himself.
At the football tryouts, Marcus discovers that his team members don't want him — and that the star quarterback's cheerleader ex-girlfriend does. What's worse, that quarterback is Charlie's son, Troy. Troy doesn't like Marcus hanging out with Charlie. And he really doesn't like it when Marcus figures out the secret behind his dad's behavior. But Marcus thinks he knows what's best for Charlie, and he's willing to risk everything to help his friend.
A fantastic novel about football, friendship, and fitting in!