In this second book of stories culled from William P. Robertson's childhood, the author struggles to make sense of adolescence. These are coming of age tales in every sense of the word. Teen dating, teen drinking, and outdoor adventures create many memorable scenes in which nerves are rubbed raw. Fun with friends like "Beany" and "Pie Man" often goes awry and turns sinister. Robertson's perverse father, Paul, also adds to his distress. Things were simpler growing up in a rural suburb in the 1950's and '60's, but the desires and temptations of youth ran as rampant as they do today.