Miranda, Marcus, and Sal are three sixth graders that live very near each other and go to the same school. Although Miranda and Sal don't know Marcus very well, they soon will. Although the "laughing" man sleeping next to them seems unimportant, he is a key aspect in the story.
Prediction Coming True
Miranda and Sal are very good friends and live in the same building, so they walk home together every day after school. One day, while walking, a boy they didn't know (Marcus) decided to punch Sal for the fun of it. Since then, Sal barely communicates with Miranda, avoids her walking home, and plays basketball alone.
Some time after this happened, Miranda began to find notes written to her by an unknown person. She first finds one in the pocket of her jacket, after they lost their hidden spare house key. Later on, she finds two other notes, one in the book she got for Christmas and the other in a paper bag, which forewarned her of what was to come.
The Laughing Man Is the HERO!
In one of the notes written by this mysterious person, it says that how Colin, one of her co-workers in Jimmy's and another of her classmates, would steal two rolls of Jimmy's bread, after Jimmy recently had a piggy bank full of $2 bills stolen from him.
Finally, Miranda builds up the courage to come to Sal's house to ask him if he was still her friend. Sal replied and told her that he just had needed a little break. So for the first time since Sal got punched, Sal and Miranda walked home together from school. Suddenly, Marcus started following them and was trying to apologize to Sal. Sal got scared, and went across the street, where a truck went right in his path and the "laughing" man kicked him away...
The "laughing" man saved Sal's life! Sadly, he gave up his life for Sal. Strangely enough, Marcus starts crying that the laughing man died. Miranda finds the final note in the mailbox of of the dead laughing man and realizes that the laughing man was Marcus all along, but in the future!