Billy Stone, 15, runs away from an abusive foster home -- and ends up in a tough juvenile prison. There he becomes supreme gang leader of a kind that no one has ever seen, ruling through doing the unthinkable, social intelligence, literacy, and raw survival instincts. He is a voracious reader whose refuge and best friends are words on paper. Thanks to a hellish year with a grammar-crazed, English-teaching nun, he knows how to write a sentence. And write he does! In his drive for freedom and a normal life, his most potent weapon is ... literacy. The story is fiction, but the emotions are all to real for thousands of foster kids in juvenile prisons who are marked for failed lives and misery. Billy Stone is one who says, "No thanks," opting instead for freedom, self-fulfillment, family, money, power, and happiness. And through the power of literacy, he gets it all.