Michael Arroyo's first love in life is baseball and his Little League Team is cruising through the playoffs. However, when some rival coaches become jealous of Arroyo's talent, their complaining draws unwanted attention. They demand proof of Arroyo's age, but his lack of birth certificate hides an even bigger problem.
Four months previously, Michael's father died of a heart attack. Desperate to keep his boys together, Victor Arroyo insisted his death be kept a secret. Now Michael and his older brother are fighting to stay together and out of the sight of social services. Mike Lupica writes about the glory of baseball, but also about the struggle of immigrants in a new country. His writing is perfect for sports-loving teenagers, but includes some deeper questions about life.