Hugo Goudling's world is about to explode. He's the son of ace basketball coach, Duke Goudling, at an elite South Caroline boarding school. He's the supposed friend to the team's star player - and the school's only black student - Odin James. But Hugo's envy over his father's pride over Odin and Odin's own success on the court is at boiling point. Manipulating all around him, Hugo's goal is single minded and brutal: to use Odin's fatal flaw - his own jealousy - to dismantle his relationship with school sweetheart Desi Brable and destroy his future at the school. Tragedy, misfortune and treachery conspire to help and hinder Hugo's plot until events spiral wildly out of control taking all the players in the deadly game for past the point of no return.