The annual Striped Bass Derby is a favorite event for residents of Marthas Vineyard. But to no one is it as important as to twelve-year-old Ben Daggett, son of the islands record holder. If anyone is going to beat his fathers record, Ben wants it to be himself. An honest catch superior to Jack Daggetts would be hard to make. Nevertheless, Ben is shocked to discover a local man conspiring to cheat with a stranger. Worse, he finds theres nothing he can do to stop them - and that by trying hes only endangering his life.