This award-winning author delves deep into all aspects of bullying. Eric is a good kid who struggles with his parents' recent divorce and feelings of anger towards his schizophrenic father. He eventually forgives his father and begins to correspond with him. Eric watches Griffin do things he knows are wrong: verbal abuse, humiliating and hitting a boy, stealing, lying, and blackmailing people. But Eric sees a different side of Griffin, too: charming, charismatic, and a victim of his father's physical abuse. Eric finds support in Mary, a girl who just renounced her bully friends after taking part in cyber-bullying, and is now an outcast. Eric takes a stand against Griffin, and finds himself betrayed by an unlikely person. Eric is beaten by a mob and tells the school counselor, which makes the situation worse for him. He resolves the problem by breaking into Griffin's house to confirm that the town's stolen goods are in Griffin's room. This book demonstrates the damage that can be done with words, the danger of mob mentality, and how it can take a lot of courage to do the right thing.