"I wasn't outstanding in any of my classes, and I wasn't the most popular guy in school. Whatever it was, I was always somewhere in the middle. I was the guy you would never notice. They used to call me the Generic Kid when I was ten, because at day camp none of the counselors would remember my name. I just didn't stand out" (17). Jared Mercer is the protagonist and he isn't the best at anything and in track, he is the second best and he want to get revenge on the "unbeatable" in track for always rubbing it in Jared's face. His name is Austin Pace and Jared hates him. So, that is why he and his best friend Cheryl decide to form the Shadow Club.
The major conflict is between the Shadow Club and Tyson McGaw. In the beginning, the Shadow Club pulls small pranks to get revenge on the "unbeatables." THen, Tyson spies on the Shadow Club and hears all about and he wants to join. But, the Shadow Club turns him down and says it's only for "certain" people. The Shadow Club wants him to promise not to tell anyone about the club, but Tyson says only if they let him join the club. They still don't let Tyson in the club. Jared decides that he is going to find out a secret about Tyson. So, he spies on Tyson at his house, and finds out that Tyson make wooden marionettes and is a bed-wetter. Jared says that he will tell the whole school Tyson's secrets if Tyson tells them about the Shadow Club. After that, some big pranks start happening that cause lots of damage and the club thinks that Tyson is framing them, because when a fight happens between an unbeatable and the second best, then something horrible happens to the unbeatable right after that. So, Jared continues to bully Tyson and tries to make Tyson admit that he is doing the pranks.
The climax of the Shadow Club is Tyson McGaw is found eavesdropping on the Shadow Club and he wants to join. But, they will not let him join and Tyson will not promise not to tell anyone. So, Jared follows Tyson home and finds out that Tyson builds marionettes and is a bed-wetter. Jared tells Tyson that if he tells people about the Shadow Club then Jared will tell everyone that Tyson is a bed-wetter. But, Tyson tells the vice principal about the Shadow Club and the principal then wants Jared to tell more about the club. But, Jared won't, because it is a secret club.
The conflict resolves when the Shadow Club finds out that people in the Shadow Club have been secretly pulling the big pranks on other the "unbeatables," because they felt bad for the second best person. Then, Jared goes and finds Tyson sitting at the top of a lighthouse and I fire that Tyson set is slowly eating its way up the lighthouse. Jared tries to make Tyson feel better about himself and Jared saves him from the fire. Later, Tyson and Jared become good friends and they stop the club.