Friends Become Strangers, and Strangers Become Friends…. When Ricky Kidd first hears about the curse of the Jewel of Madagascar, he is pretty sure he doesn’t believe in it. But almost immediately, strange things start happening. First he knocks over a statue that crushes part of Mrs. McEwan’s antique jewelry collection. Ricky is convinced his life is over—paying off the debt will take years! As if that weren’t bad enough, all of his friends seem to be deliberately avoiding him. And then there is Mrs. McEwan’s mysterious nephew—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.