It was the summer of 1985, and Charlie and Sam were both 11 years old. Despite being from opposite sides of the tracks, Charlie and Sam are best friends. Peddling along the back roads of the quiet town of Flatrock, the two plan for a summer of fun, mischief and discovery. While visiting Shephard's Creek, a scenic hangout for local children, they meet Lizzy. Energetic and pretty, the precocious girl immediately captures the boys' attention. As the trio ventures further into the natural, but treacherous, playground, life couldn't get any better for them. Then, in a split second, their lives are changed forever... And in the shadow of tragedy, the two boys learn a harsh lesson about death, abuse, and friendship. It was the summer 1985, the summer Charlie and Sam killed a girl. A novelette by Chris Hedges. Includes the bonus story “Sam I Am”.