So a trip up North with Mum to visit his dying grandfather doesn't go down well. But it does teach Aidan a thing or two about real life. He's shattered to discover his real father is a gangland drugs dealer recently released from prison and out to regain his scrap of turf whatever it takes. He's surprised and confused to find he's falling in love with the intriguing Jade even though she's already pregnant after a fling with one of the bad lads who hangs out on the estate. He's humbled by his grandparents, how little they have, but how much wisdom and love they offer him.
In a crackingly paced, hard-hitting, real-life thriller, Alan Gibbons also describes the summer of one boy who must grow up super-fast, from hormonal to responsible, in one huge leap of faith.