* Theodore Johnson, an African American youth, is nicknamed Armpit because a scorpion bite in his armpit became infected.
* He is working in the mayor's yard digging holes, a job he is familiar with because of his time spent doing this in a detention center.
* After three years in the center and counseling, Armpit has resolved to reform in life. He has five steps he has resolved to take.
* X-ray, a friend from the center, interrupts Armpits work with a request that Armpit help him in a sure business deal.
* The plan involves Kaira DeLeon, a pop star who is currently on national tour. Kaira is managed by her stepfather who calls himself El Genius.
* Kaira has a bodyguard, Fred, because her life has been threatened, and she has received several marriage proposals.
* X-Ray plans to buy discounted tickets for her concert and resell them at a...
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