An affecting family story set in 1982 that deals with the surprisingly widespread problem of hidden illiteracy and its impact on both victims and their loved ones. Samantha adores her older brother, Evan; but she worries about him too. He always seems to be in trouble--breaking rules, taking dares, acting out at home and school. A gifted athlete and brilliant artist, fourteen-year-old Evan has a problem--he can't read! Samantha is shocked when he reveals his secret. How has he managed to hide it for so long? Why haven't her parents done something about it? Evan's dream of entering a local art contest is the catalyst for an explosive family confrontation, one in which a family secret is revealed (their mother can't read either!), loyalties are tested, and loving bonds are strengthened.