Randy and Walter, two city boys finishing out their last year in elementary school are looking forward to kicking back for a long quiet summer vacation, just hanging around home and the park. Walter, the leader of the two, and quiet Randy, the follower, each have mothers with more ambitious plans that will send the friends off to learn about nature and themselves. They will be far from the city and much to their dismay, each other. The unforeseen events of the summer bring the boys tragedy, learning, and maturing that ultimately brings life changes. In this realistic story readers will feel for the characters and relate to the events that shape their lives.