In Huxley, Nebraska, in the late 1970s, Adam is twelve, shy, and innocent. A long-awaited reunion with his best friend Rick, who had to move after he lost his father to a car accident, reveals a pubescent youth who hasn’t taken the loss well. Rick tells Adam that dark days await him in seventh grade and he too needs the protection of Black Magic. Adam soon cherishes a pentagram pinned inside his jockey shorts, for along with bullies, mean teachers, and the indignity of showering naked after gym class, he endures some actual brushes with death. Who knows what would happen if he weren’t protected? By the time he realizes he’s pledged his soul to Satan, something he knows his Baptist pastor father wouldn’t be happy about, he’s convinced he has the power to punish people for crossing him, the power to get things he wants, and possibly the power to determine who should pay for the “not-really-accidental” death of Rick’s father two years earlier. Or maybe it’s all coincidence. What’s certain is that the truth about Rick, Rick’s father, and Adam’s own father will drive Adam to do something beyond his worst fears.