To Hanover School, home for homeless boys, come Dave Buckley and Luis Cardenal. Dave's father is assumed dead behind the Iron Curtain, while Luis is an orphaned refugee and informer for our side from Cuba. Luis' idealistic heroics result in some spy-hunt sequences; his high ideals carry over to the football field, where he and roommate Dave lead Hanover to unaccustomed victory. Three expected climaxes finish off the book: the return of Dave's father, Luis' escape from three Cuban Communists, victory in the game with Sunnyvale. Hanover's season is described in detail from the bench. The active game time plus the hyperdramatic plot might hold reader's attention if the writing style weren't alternately inflated (""in other times and climes"") and soddenly sentimental. No athlete will stand for it.