Greg and his friend rowley meet a girl named Angie on the first day of middle school.
Angie tells the story about how an old, gross, piece of cheese on the blacktop causes " the cheese touch" if you touch it, which is avoided. If you get the cheese touch, you have it until you pass it on to someone else.
On halloween, teenagers force Rowley to eat the cheese, and are about to force Greg to eat the rest, but then coach malone shows up.
Greg makes a speech about how rude it was infront of everyone and what was wrong with the middle schools and Angie compliments him on his bravery.
Greg and rowley make up, and become friends again after an argument.
Also, Gregs brother rodrick picks on him 24/7, and is in a band called " loded diper", which has a white van with the title written on it, and greg and rowley dislike the music they make, which Rodrick tried to gain attention for but does not succeed in the end. #notmyrodrick