Zeff is a 15-year-old orphan destined to become the first baseball player to reach the major leagues with the help of performance enhancing drugs. Using human growth hormone is not Zeff’s only secret; he is a prolific killer, but one who only takes a life when it is justified.
As the story opens, Zeff is lying in wait for his father in the middle of the night with a baseball bat, prepared to confront him for his chronic physical abuse of Zeff’s mother. During the confrontation, Zeff learns that his mafia-connected father has put out a contract hit on his mother, brother, and himself to avoid a costly divorce. In a heated rage, Zeff knocks his father into the next life with his baseball bat and flees the scene.
Racing home, Zeff discovers that his mother and brother have indeed been killed. When police chief Jerzy Kovak and a team of officers come to the scene to investigate, Zeff is shuttled off by Social Services to an orphanage. However enroute, Zeff escapes and returns to Palm Beach to live the life of an orphan.
Initially taking up residence in a tent on Peanut Island a few hundred yards off the north end of Palm Beach, Zeff lives off the land by taking fish from the sea with his rod and reel and spear gun, by picking fruit at some of Palm Beach’s poshest estates, and by selling some of the fresh fish and fruit to local markets and restaurants for extra cash.
Over the next six months, Zeff will try and seek revenge on the hit man who killed his family, continually dodge the Palm Beach police in his bid to stay free, fall into unrequited love with rising tennis star Rachel, and desperately seek to save the Police Chief’s daughter Callie from perishing in the worst hurricane ever to hit Palm Beach. It’s Huck Finn meets Dexter in an action-packed adventure against the backdrop of the paradise of Florida in the 1950s.