Nick Halls dad wrote a dictionary that have peculiar words. He wants nick to memorize all the words in the book so he makes Nick read every night. Nick doesn´t like reading the book but this helps him later in the narrative.
Nike Halls best friend is Coby they plays on a soccer team together but they signed up for a 15U team and Nick made it in a A team Coby didn't so his mom took him to a different team so now the most dangerous player on the other team is his best friend.
One day Nick got home and his mom and dad were acting a bit strange and later that day they called him down stairs to talk. He thought that he was in trouble but it was much worse his parents told him they were getting divorced. After that his mom left to work and she would come over ever now and then this hurt Nick. When Nicks mom came to see him she told him he couldn't go to the Dallas cup.
Then things got even worse Nick goes to the hospital to get his ankle checked out after he sprained it in a game but the doctors find out that he actually has a perforated appendix. Nick has to get surgery and he gets scared and starts thinking about the positive like the fact that he doesn't have to go to school so he thinks it will be fun but little does he know it wont be.
When the doctor sent him back home the but he still had to heal no one knows if he will heal before the Dallas cup witch is a couple weeks after the surgery. Nicks dreams of playing in the Dallas cup were destroyed. This one was filled with stouts but Nick will never see it because of his injury.