Teddy is a troublesome boy according to the principal of his school as well as his mother’s “meathead” boyfriend, the used car salesman who doesn't get along with Teddy in the least. It’s not hard to see where Teddy’s anger comes from. He’s alone in the world. Abandoned by his father, who he used to be close to, cast off by his mother in preference for her boyfriend, and lobbed into St. Iggy’s, a boys’ school run by Catholic Brothers who use religion as a weapon. Teddy finds a best friend in Tim Cooper, another boy who also has been abandoned by his mother’s poor choices. It seems Teddy and Tim will be all right though as they make plans to run away together. But when Father Prince comes in the night and calls Tim out of bed, everything changes.