Torey, is in his junior year of high school in Steepleton. He plays football and baseball and is in a blues band with his best friend Alex. He and his friends are popular. Christopher Creed is a boy that isn’t popular in school and doesn’t have many friends. He suddenly disappears. Torey doesn't think much about Christopher’s disappearing until Sunday. While they were at church, Christopher's parents thank the people who helped search for Christopher and ask for more help from anyone who might know a reason for why he would run away. Christopher sent the principal, an email and no one knows whether Christopher committed suicide or ran away. Alex and Ryan, remember being mean and bullying Christopher. Torey also remembers that he hit Christopher and thinks that Alex and Ryan shouldn't joke about how Christopher could have committed suicide.
Alex later hacks into the school's computer to read the letter Christopher sent to Mr. Ames. It says that Christopher wishes he had been born as someone else, like Torey, Alex or like other popular boys. Torey doesn’t like how Christopher assumed that Torey had a perfect life. Ali lives next door to the Creeds house. She claims that she doesn't have a perfect life, even though she's been in the same group as Torey. She tells Torey that Mrs. Creed is strict with her kids. Ali thinks that Mrs. Creed is to blame for Christopher's disappearance....
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Several of Torey's friends accuse him and Bo of murdering Christopher. In a rage, Torey goes to the woods alone and climbs on the edge of a rock, which tips, and Torey breaks his leg. He sees the bone in his leg and wonders why his leg feels like it's burning but doesn't hurt. When the rock tipped, it exposed a cave. Torey pulls himself into the cave with his broken leg. He sees a dead body and gun and thinks that he had found Christopher. Torey is taken to a hospital and later to a mental health facility. Everything smells burnt to him, and nursery rhymes keep going through his mind. He finds out that the body he had found was Bob Haines. After several months, Torey recovers and his parents send him to boarding school in another town so he can avoid rumors and gossip. He continues to search and email people, hoping thay he will eventually find Christopher.
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