Sherman Crunchley is in line to become chief of police of Biscuit City when his father retires. The problem is, the only thing Sherman likes about being a police officer is the hat he wears. He has a hard time saying no to anyone — crooks, his boss, and especially his dad. Sherman turns to self-help books, videos, and even hypnosis to learn how to refuse, but nothing works. On the day of his father's retirement party, Sherman finally comes up with a solution, and the party guests help him convey a loud and clear message. Readers will tip their hats at the resourceful way Sherman finds happiness in this silly, thoroughly satisfying story about being true to oneself.