From the book jacket: Randy has always idolized his older brother, Mike, who talks to him about “dreams and cars and girls and things.” But when Mike, newly discharged from the Navy, announces his latest plan for the future, Randy finds himself questioning his brother for the first time. Thinking public reaction will be in their favor, Mike and a former shipmate decide to blow up a nuclear reactor on a naval base. Unlike his brother, who believes that supporters will help them flee to the Caribbean where they can lie on the beach and drink rum punches, Randy knows the scheme is impossible. but after a brutal fight with his mother in which she blames him for his father’s leaving, anything seems better than staying at home. Randy finds himself on his way to New York in a car loaded with the makings of a homemade bomb, unable to save himself from the coming explosion.