Gordy's abusive father is in jail and, as far as Gordy is concerned, thats where he belongs. Now Gordy, his mother, and his brothers and sister are going to live with Grandma, whom theyve never met--and who doesnt seem too happy to have them once they all arrive.Grandma lives in a big old house and sees her daughters family as one to be straightened out--especially Gordy. A rude, tough bully, Gordy doesnt even try to get along, until he meets William, the boy next door. When Gordy pushes his one new friend too far, he beings to see how much he has to change--and how much he wants to. Then Gordys father shows up and threatens to take away Gordys new life. But, Gordy determined not to give it up, even if he must fight for it all alone.