Koertge writes with humor, and understanding. Three teenage boys without families wind up in foster care together. They are very different from each other. One is a cocky gear head - loves his fast motorcycle, one is from a tough inner city neighborhood and Ted is from a sheltered environment where he worked in a pet shop and expected to be there the rest of his life until he lost his parents... Their foster situation is not ideal nor is it unlivable. They are old enough to do what it takes to get themselves through and to help each other find their way. This is a 167 page fast read. Its a book for compassionate survivors. It says it could be worse, you'll be OK.