Coping with the loss of his best friend Michael, Charlie starts his first day of high school.
Charlie meets some new friends Patrick and Sam at the football game, they are step-siblings. Charlie thought they were a couple.
Mary Elizabeth asks Charlie to go to the Sadie Hawkins dance and later that night Charlie learns that his sister is pregnant! Then a few days later he takes her to a clinic to get an abortion.
Charlies friends get angry at him for what he has done
Before Sam leaves for Penn State's summer program, she has a heart-to-heart chat with Charlie. They start putting other body parts together, too, but when she touches Charlie, some long-repressed memories bubble to the surface.
Charlie suddenly remembers that he was molested by his Aunt Helen. He spirals into a deep depression and has to be hospitalized.