Jamal's older brother Randy has been sentenced to jail time after being in cover a murder. Randy is the leader of the Scorpions, a gang who runs drugs, and now Randy wants Jamal to run the Scorpions while he is away. Jamal gets into trouble in school, and wants to help out his brother and family, so he accepts a gun that is offered to him as the new leader. He gets in way over his head and quickly finds out that he is not cut out for the Scorpion life. This is a good book for readers who enjoyed Monster by Walter Dean Myers and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.