Three ninth-graders rescue their elderly friend and neighbor, Viola, from her conniving daughters. Narrator Steve has a friend (Furgy) whose sense of humor seems unfazed by his alcoholic, abusive father: a pretty girlfriend (Bobbi) who is described as smart but who stays in the background: and parents who support him without question. To earn money, he does yard work for Viola, who--like Steve--is a Detroit Tigers fan; the two become close friends. But Viola's dastardly, money-grubbing daughters are plotting to put her in a home; they even steal her glasses and sabotage her walker, resulting in a broken hip for Viola (no reason whatever is suggested for the children of such a paragon turning out to be so unmitigatedly nasty). Fortunately, the kids are able to round up a lawyer (a nice one--but the subject of lawyers occasions some gratuitous slams at the profession by the author), who protects Viola's interests; and Furgy--whose father has fortuitously thrown him out--prepares to make his home with her so that she can preserve her independence. An improbable, simplistic story with stereotypical characters, slangy dialogue that will date in the next 15 minutes, and a pat conclusion.