Cooper Jones longs for the time when life was simple. When all he needed to worry about was whether to change his undies or make do. Now, suddenly, his life has become all too complicated. Cooper is plagued by thoughts of the father he has never kwn - the man he suspects of being a cowardly loser; the man he suspects he is starting to take after. Then there's Mum. She has been acting weirder than rmal, as if Cooper's growing a few centimetres is a criminal offence. What is going on there? When the gorgeous Abeba arrives in Wangaroo Bay, Cooper's anguish cranks up a tch, as he realises that he's t the only one whose life is complicated. Set against the backdrop of a fiery summer, Cooper needs to realise that when life is spinning out of control, sometimes you just need to get a grip.