When Sam Parsons's great-uncle Buster dies, the twelve-year-old's world is turned upside down. His mother drags him away from his friends - and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang with Joey Sabatini, Sam's ticket to the inner circle of an NFL team - to a remote North Carolina town to see to Uncle Buster's funeral arrangements. Sam soon suspects that Uncle Buster's death was not caused by a heart attack, but by something more sinister. From the aunt who is in a hurry to sell Uncle Buster's property to real estate developers, to the shady neighbor and even the lady who delivered Uncle Buster's meals, the potential suspects are abundant. How can Sam prove what happened and who did it?