* Anthony Bonano, nicknamed Antsy, is a young teenager living in Brooklyn, New York. He is the narrator of the novel.
* Antsy's father works for Pisher Plastics and has instructed Antsy and his friends to test a new 'unbreakable' dummy.
* The boys name the dummy 'Manny Bullpucky' and decide to drop him off the Marine Park Bridge to see if he breaks.
* The head of the dummy breaks off, and a boy is standing with the head who introduces himself as Calvin Schwa.
* Schwa says he is in Antsy's science class and asks if he can help test the dummy, but Ira is very unfriendly and so he decides to leave.
* Ira explains that he has...
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