A veteran sports writer, Duane Decker brings his champion Blue Sox out on the field again in the story of Danny Redd, a rookie with all the makings of his major league team mates except one the courage to take a risk. Having seen his brother carried off the field, Danny's game rules out bouncing off the fence and converging on outfielders, much to the dissatisfaction of his old coach, his teammates and the fans. A foolhardy, but fortunate bounce off one wall, ball in glove, lands Danny in a hospital for a time, strengthening his original pledge. But when his refusal to risk himself costs the injury of a friend, his natural instincts throw him full force into the game. A second sojourn in the hospital is taken in stride as a rookie graduates all the way into the big leagues. Tightly knit, the focus is on Danny's problem, the baseball passages serving as a kind of relentless ""recitative"" against which the solution unfolds.