Much like his name, Tom Roberts was pretty ordinary, a typical high school junior trying to find his place in the world. He didn't have a clear focus on his plans for life, and found little joy in the one athletic hobby he'd chosen to pursue -- long distance running. On the track, Tom had time to be alone with his thoughts, as self-defeating as they might be. He'd lose focus on the race and use his lack of success as a metaphor for his life, an excuse for failing to meet goals. He was living a life that didn't have much hope. Until he met Hope. She was the young woman he'd always dreamed of -- blonde, beautiful, tender and understanding. In the months following their first meeting, Hope became the inspiration Tom Roberts had always needed, the motivation to accomplish more, and the catalyst that helped him develop self-esteem. She seemed at times almost too good to be true. Once he realized her secret, the source of her inspiring words and encouragement, he came to discover something even more surprising about himself. And he learned the importance of sharing that secret with a brand new friend who needed him much more than he ever could have imagined.