Who’s on top of the social food chain? How do you get ahead? Who makes
the rules? Who needs to follow them?
Paul DuPree is working at a soup kitchen in Harlem the summer his
father dies, just trying to get by. But Elijah, the soup man, won’t stop
talking about the social contract and asking Paul serious questions about heavy-duty
things. Paul has never thought about this stuff. He’d rather hang out with
Keisha, an unwed teen mom whose basketball skills rival his own.
Then Sly, a notorious Harlem big shot, shows up. Paul is both intrigued
and intimidated by Sly and his conspiracy theories, and for once he starts
contemplating how you really get ahead in life. As the talk of what-ifs turns
into reality, Paul realizes his summer is about more than getting by—it’s about
taking charge of your life.
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