When his mother dies over the holiday break, seventh-grader Shane Dakota relocates from Wilmington, North Carolina to Highland, Utah. Living with his grandparents, Shane becomes the new kid at school with a story, a secret, and a fresh scar on his right cheek.
Desperate to find his place, Shane grieves his mother, misses a father he’s never even met, and struggles to settle into his strange new world in the west. Could a diverse friend group be the answer?
Together with new friends Kabir, Ink, and a crew of junior high wannabe YouTubers, Shane must find the balance between his need to forgive and to be forgiven.
With a unique seventh-grade spring competition approaching, Shane learns a lifetime of truth about his father, friendship, unconditional kindness, and the power of religious and cultural diversity.
Most importantly, with his entire world watching, Shane will remind everyone that we all have scars. And, if we choose, they can become beautiful.