Out of the fog billowing from the regions of the Netherworld steps a gigantic, ominous figure dressed in black. A white, skeleton face peers from the long, hooded cloak draping his massive frame, and in one hand, he clutches a wood-handled scythe with a razor-sharp blade. Its
the Angel of Death, the American Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion! But one of the most popular wrestlers on Monday Night Mayhem is also Mark Baron, Jesse Barons father.
Jesse has just started at yet another new school, this time in San Antonio, and he dreads the moment when the other kids in his seventh-grade class learn who his father is. The reaction will be the same as it was in Omaha, Atlanta, Tampa, St. Louis, and all the other cities he has lived in. They will want to be his "friend" not because they like him, but because they are obsessed with the Angel of Death. When Jesse learns that one of the boys at schoolone of his fathers biggest fansdoesnt have a father, Jesse realizes that he has never made an effort to get to know his classmates. Could his automatic assumption that other kids are only interested in him because of his father be wrong? Is it possible to make friends, in spite of his father?
Meanwhile, his parents relationship is also suffering because of the Angel of Deaths celebrity status. The constant moving from city to city, his fathers extended absences while on tour with the ACW, and fans who clamor for autographs and photos even during family outings lead to continuous bickering. They have separated once before, and Jesse worries that his mother will leave his dad again.
As Jesse negotiates all the usual middle-school problemsfrom bullies to first lovehe cant help but wonder what his life would be like if his father werent a famous wrestler. Wouldnt things be better if his dad quit the ACW? But would his father be happy leaving a career he loves?