by Carl Deuker
Chance is a lonely loner. Abandoned by his mother and constantly having to put up with a drunken father, the only time Chance feels at all normal is when he runs. Things get worse when his father loses his job and the small boat they live on, the only home they have, is in danger of being taken from them. When a man who works at the dock where Chance lives offers him a job that Chance knows is illegal, he feels he has no choice but to take it. As the months go by, however, Chance's runs get more and more dangerous especially since a girl from school, the only girl who even looks at him, is getting a little nosy and figures out what he's been doing.