Charlie is beginning his junior year of high school. Charlie has his two best friends with him. He made the track team as a long distance runner. He meets Sara, who quickly becomes his first girlfriend. And an excellent new science fiction show is making its debut on television. So far, it's a good junior year for Charlie. Then Charlie finds a black notebook with mysterious writing. Soon, some people in his little town slowly start to change. The school bullies find a new interest. His rival on the track team suddenly starts to run faster. But when his girlfriend starts to argue with him and breaks off their relationship, Charlie wants to know what is going on. Charlie must track down what has changed in his little town.