A few troubled summer days in the life of 15-year-old Jeremy, whose ""crazy"" older brother Tyler committed suicide and whose sister Angela, then 20, left home after an argument with their mother. Now the ambitious, unpleasant mother, a nurse's aide at the mental hospital where Tyler was briefly confined, presses Jeremy to get a job. But when he starts work at a hot dog stand in their beach community, she urges him to switch to the cafeteria at the mental hospital where she sees more future. Jeremy agrees, largely in hopes that he will learn something of Tyler's experience there, but he is soon fired for becoming too involved with a suicidal young patient who works with him in the cafeteria. Meanwhile there's a meeting with Angela, another with a girl his age who's also having parent problems and urges him to run away with her, and finally, in the police station after the runaways are hauled back, a mutually apologetic reunion with his parents. Radley's picture of the troubled family is sympathetic and credible, though without much depth or punch--and weakened by the too-easy reconciliation.