A summer church camp is Michael Egerton's chance to feel normal. His parents are divorced, his mother moved onto a life with another man and his father rarely seeing him because of his busy schedule as a war correspondent. This young boy finds a friend in the narrator and the story sets up as a sort of Jesus/Peter story where, at the end, Michael is betrayed and left tied up between bunkbeds as if crucified when the narrator opts instead to return to the dining hall and its music and acceptance.
This is a great story about bullying and hypocrisy. What a heartbreaker.