When a drought causes the water level of the lake to drop at the resort run by Eddie's mother, 14-year-old Eddie and his 17-year-old friend Jack go scavenging for junk--and come across a wrecked car containing not only a skeleton but a license plate dated the year Jack's father disappeared. Jack is certain the skeleton is his father's--and that his mother murdered him. To prove Jack wrong, Eddie delves into the past of the small resort community, turns up some interesting facts, and eventually reaches a surprising conclusion. Meanwhile, he nervously tries out his first relationship with a girl, all the while singing (in Jack's words) the ""freshman blues."" Petersen deftly pulls off the difficult task of telling a mystery-romance from a boy's point of view--and keeps readers guessing until Eddie reveals his solution to this original and uncontrived mystery. Told with plenty of humor, a sure-fire pleaser for mystery buffs.