Rooster Cobb is in trouble - with his school, his mother and his girlfriend. He smokes too much and he hates his stepfather. In fact, he might not graduate from high school. But he doesn't seem to care. That is, until the guidance counselor and the principal come up with a plan to get Rooster through grade twelve, and possibly on the right track with his life. The last thing Rooster wants to do is coach The Strikers, a bowling team of special-needs adults, especially when he finds out that he's going to be mentored by the most unpopular girl in school. But when one of The Strikers dies unexpectedly, Rooster discovers there are as many ways to be a hero as there are ways to mess up.