Watching all of his friends have lots of toys every year for Christmas and live in big houses with pools and patios made Dustin more than a little envious. Despite the Brokes financial hardships, Dustin never could deny that he was loved, and thus had mixed feelings about his early years. One thing is certain: he realized young the importance of money and the impact it can have on your quality of life.
At the tender age of fifteen, Dustin began dating his childhood friend, Angela Pleasant. The two are having struggles in their relationship, especially with other boys taking an interest in Angela. Already feeling inadequate due to class, social status and money, Dustin is engaged in a continuous battle with raging teenage hormones and his own insecurities.
After the sudden death of his father, Skip Broke, Dustin struggles to grieve in a healthy way, balance school and his social life, and figure out a way to help the family financially now that their primary breadwinner is no longer there.