Nature or nurture? Which tips the balance between normal and misfit? For ten-year-old Michael Romanov, hammered constantly by his older brother, when does enough bullying cross the line to too much? How many insults can he take as both parents look the other way--and even laugh at his sensitivity? Smart, cute, charismatic, Michael finally strikes back. In a moment of retaliation, he commits an act that changes his life and sets him on a path of deeper alienation from the family who has never loved him. The choices he makes next--without guilt or remorse--push him toward morphing into an unredeemable misfit.