Billy Beals is a lad suffering the trials and tribulations of puberty and is on the verge of becoming a juvenile delinquent when he and his former best friend find themselves being nabbed by the law for swiping four flares from a church school bus and setting off an alarm that brought out the volunteer fire departments of Windsor Heights, Clive, Urbandale and West Des Moines, all quiet suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa in December, 1958. Instead of starting a life of crime, Billy found himself up to his ears in trouble with his parents, who sentenced him to the First Church of the Redeemer treatment, which meant he WOULD be at First Church for every service possible, especially revival meetings, during one of which Billy found himself going down to the altar along with dozens of other youths. Here the story gets very complicated, from Billy's point of view. Would he have to stop lying to get out of school? Would he have to give up the untimely erections of male puberty? Would he have to stop thinking about girls?