Friends Become Strangers, and Strangers Become Friendsâ€¦. When Ricky Kidd first hears about the curse of the Jewel of Madagascar, he is pretty sure he doesnâ€™t believe in it. But almost immediately, strange things start happening. First he knocks over a statue that crushes part of Mrs. McEwanâ€™s antique jewelry collection. Ricky is convinced his life is overâ€”paying off the debt will take years! As if that werenâ€™t bad enough, all of his friends seem to be deliberately avoiding him. And then there is Mrs. McEwanâ€™s mysterious nephewâ€”Ricky is sure he is not who he seems. Can the curse be coming true? As Ricky struggles to make sense of everything, he learns the importance of friends, trust, and loyalty.