It seems like Dan has it all. He’s a baseball star who hangs with the popular crowd and dates the hottest girl in school. But his parents both lose their jobs and eventually they lose their family home. Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless.
Forced to move into the town’s Tent City, Dan feels his world shifting. His friends try to pretend that everything’s cool, but they’re not the ones living among the homeless. Dan struggles to adjust to his new life as he gets involved with the people who are fighting for better conditions and services for the residents of Tent City. He sees first-hand the injustice his neighbors face each day. But someone wants Tent City gone, and will stop at nothing until it’s destroyed.
We often have stereotypes about homeless people but the author offers another look at homelessness from the perspective of a middle-class teen. Coping with their personal financial catastrophe, wanting to stay in their familiar town, finding work, accepting charity, and maintaining self-respect are the issues that weigh heavily on Dan and his family.