Jack Corsair,
thirteen years old, struggles to stay above water in both class and life - until a long-lost gift from his father arrives..

Kate Culverin,
second-best student in her grade, works day and night for the recognition she has never been able to attain..


Bonnie Bonaventure,
the rich and beautiful star of the school, is obviously better than everyone..

William Wales,
victim of a near-fatal car crash as a child, sleeps through almost every class..