Jared St. George is eleven years old and is passionate about basketball. He desperately wants to make the school team, even though he is only in Grade six, and few from that grade level are ever chosen. But Jared also has a major problem with math, and he is going to have to get better grades in that subject before he can be considered eligible for the school team. The catch is that he has to be tutored by the girl whom he and his friend mercilessly tease. Although pleased with himself for rising marks, Jared would rather admit to cheating than being tutored by "smelly Ellie" - with serious results!