Lamar High School in Illinois is once more the setting for the story of another boy and another theme, honestly written but not as thoroughgoing as False Start (1955). Tom Bentley, a junior, is beset with a big brother problem. Everything he does is judged in comparison to the standards set by Deke, now a baseball player and former B.M.O.C. at Lamar. Sorely chafing under the goals expected of him by his elders, Tom turns tail and begins to flub the dub in both studies and sports. But the chance to talk with Deke, who understands and who has his own problems, help from his girl in French and trig, and hard work for a basketball team undermined when some of its members break training, put Tom on the right track and win him due honors.