"The Boys on the Rock" is a coming-out story, like hundreds of others. Told in the first person by a teen-aged swimmer, it's the story of a boy's first attraction and his first love. More than this, though, and what makes it unique, is that it's a story of growing courage, a story of a boy whose sense of honor is ultimately stronger than his fear of censure, or humiliation. Billy, the narrator, is clearly more interested in being honest with himself and his peers about who he is, than he is in the rejection that is bound to dog him through the rest of his school years. I was stunned by the intensity of feeling so matter-of-factly presented. It's a loving, gentle tribute to the people we all should be, but few of us actually are.