When a 14-year-old becomes involved with an emotionally disturbed boy, she must cope with the complex problems their friendship brings. Lisa is intrigued by Adam, the new boy in her science class, though he has the reputation of being weird. Despite the warnings of her mother and of best friend Kim, Lisa is attracted by Adam's individuality and they rapidly become friends. When Lisa visits his home, a dirt-floor shack, she is entranced with his family's way of life, and decides to make them the subject of a photo essay for a contest she is entering. As Lisa and Adam grow closer, she realizes he has dealt with his difficult background by constructing a series of delusions. How Lisa handles her growing awareness of the magnitude of Adam's problems, and how she helps him face reality, make an absorbing story. Readers will empathize with Lisa as she copes with becoming involved with someone whose problems may make the relationship unsuitable. Although Adam's backwoods family isa bit stereotyped, characterization is vivid and the reader comes quickly to care for Lisa and Adam. Lisa's growth as she deals with her feelings is convincing. Her take-charge personality is refreshing, and her devotion to photography adds an extra dimension. A lively, appealing story, with drama and emotional impact.