Tommy Lerner is seven years old and struggling to cope with the craziness of school, Little League Baseball, uncomprehending peers, and incomprehensible adults. Growing up in a small Arizona town during the 1950s can be tough, but Tommy's challenges are compounded by his innate intelligence and uncontrollable temper. Although small and thin, he is always ready to fight.Fortunately, his family is loving and supportive. Also an orphan from the age of nine, Frank Lerner had to drop out of school to literally fight for survival. Complicating Frank's efforts to give advice is the fact that he must hide a deep, dark secret from everyone related to Tommy's real parents. Maria Lerner is a very devoted and devout woman, but only graduated from high school. Maria's widowed mother, Abuela, offers Tommy as much advice as he will allow, drawing on her background as a teacher in Mexico.As Tommy struggles with school, racism, bullies and himself, he gradually learns to think before reacting. Ultimately, the young man must come to grips alone with the knowledge of how totally Frank Lerner affected his life, for better or for worse. Success against the odds requires courage, determination and faith. And love - lots of love.