|When Jerry Fess, a lonely thirteen-year-old boy from the gritty St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, decides to skip school, the last thing he expects to find is a dead girl. But this grisly discovery is just the beginning. The next ten days will be the most defining days of Jerry’s young life. With no mother, an alcoholic father, and an absent older sister, he sets out on a search for the truth and finds much more than he bargained for. Sudden fame and cute girls, homicide detectives and wealthy West Hills matrons, Portland cool kids and a spooky old house; it’s all part of the new deal that has become Jerry’s life in Stumptown.