You know you have problems when your nickname is Son of Junkenstein. Fourteen-year old Jude Corgan knows it. He lives in a trailer surrounded by junk heaps. Wrecked cars appear mysteriously in Jude’s yard, as if to remind him of his brother’s fatal crash, and the latest arrival is sure to start his parents fighting again. To the people of Twin Gaps, Vermont, the Corgans are a human car wreck nobody can look away from.
Jude goes along with the cosmic joke, naming the wrecks after famous Corgan misfortunes, and there are plenty to go around: Lightning Strike, Flunking Gym, Food Poisoning, to name a few. The wrecks not only keep alive the loss of the Corgans’ dead son and brother, but also keep them stuck in the past.
Merrilee Rainey is one bright spot in Jude’s world. Smart, indomitable and no-nonsense, Merrilee won’t let Jude feel sorry for himself, and she’s determined to help him discover who’s behind the wrecks. But, they have their hands full as troubles mount. Jude’s cousins may lose their farm to a ruthless developer, a rogue cop is after his favorite all-time teacher, and the bombing of a local business may be the work of an underground group. The image of a black skull appears on the police station roof beside the warning: The End Has Come. The end of what? And for whom?
Jude’s search for answers about his brother and his attempt to save his teacher from ruin leads him smack into a battle over a powerful talisman and also into mortal danger. Before the wildest night in Twin Gaps history is over, the stunning truth about Jude’s brother will be revealed and the fortunes of the Corgans and the people of Twin Gaps may change forever.