A sincerely written story traces the last difficult path of Niki Louganis, delinquent, from a life of big city troublemaking to a physically and mentally healthier existence. In Warren, where Niki lives with his mother and grandmother, he and Jokey, both-fifteen, had been easily persuaded by Deego, 19, to enter into the kind of escapade that normally led only to court. But Niki was lucky. Through Mr. Morgan, his high school principal, Niki is sent for the summer to Bristol, a small town in the country-side he has always wanted to visit, and in Bristol to the Barnards who have lost two sons. Mr. Barnard raises chinchillas, an added inducement for Niki who also loves animals. Niki does feel guilty about his past and this, rather than resentment, is his driving force. But there are the incidents- a visit from Jokey and the loss of a prize chinchilla- before Niki is able to redeem himself completely.