The story, Whirligig, is the story of a boy named, Brent. Trying to fit in and make a good impression (to be seen as cool) he attends a party. But things go terribly wrong and he is embarrassed. On the way home from the party he decides to commit suicide. He tries to have a traffic accident, but the accident leaves him unscathed, but a popular honor student, dead. Lea's death triggers his own healing and emotional growth as the must create and plant four whirligigs.