Summer 1980 , and best friends Joe Koerner( Soren Fulton ) , Eugene "Tiger"
Pierce Jr.( Matt Borish ) and Chris Corwin ( Sam Semenza ) are spending their
summer as all 12 year old boys do ... having the time of the lives and trying
to stay out of trouble .
long , however, Joe and Tiger find themselves in the wrong hands of the law ,
caught for sneaking free rides at a carnival , and are escorted home to their
The next day, Joe's
parents have a huge argument over whether or not to let Joe go to baseball camp
with Tiger, with Joe's father warning him to stay away from Tiger . Joe argues
that Tiger is his best friend , and always will be , but his parents are strangely
insistent that keeping away from Tiger would be best for Joe . Running out of
the room, deeply upset , Joe overhears his parents arguing that Joe has to go
to baseball camp because "he cant stay ... with whats going on."
At their local movie drive-in
hangout, Tiger, Joe and Chris guess as to why Joe's parents are sending him away.
For fun, Tiger cuffs Chris with handcuffs that Tiger stole from his father. When
Chris tells them he overheard his mom talking on the phone to Martha, Joe and
Tiger tickle him until he confesses: Joe's parents are going on a trip, but he
doesn't know where.
Baseball Camp, Joe realizes that his mom received a certified letter a few weeks
earlier and that it must be related to where his parents are going. Deeply concerned
about why Joe's parents are going on this mysterious trip , Joe, Tiger and Chris
decide to leave camp and ride their bikes home to learn where Joe's parents have
gone. It is a decision that would forever change their lives , and force them
to come to terms with what true friendship really means .