The story is somewhere in the middle west. The feeling of the story is mysterious. The story is about a boy named Mike that has to choose between his two friends Sal and Vin. Sal is blaming Vin for a store robbery.
The protagonist Mike and his guardian John Riel. There is also another character named Vin. Riel is an ex cop and now is a history teacher. Mike is trying to help Vin with his problems. Vin got "framed" for a store robbery.
Vin is walking around and decided to go into a gas station to get a coke. After we walks in two robbers enter and take the money can shoot two different people. Vin runs out of the store after they robbers leave and the cops think he was involved because he ran.