Thirteen-year-old Marcus lives for skateboarding and the challenge of mastering tricks. Until the panic attacks start, and he kills his mother. When she trips on his board and dies. He blames himself.
After her death, Marcus is forced to leave his step-family and friends in Wisconsin and move back to California to live with his legal guardian, his estranged father. Once there, his only parent re-introduces him to Nathan, a babysitter who secretly abused Marcus when he was five. Life gets worse when Dad dumps Marcus in a boarding school.