Sam Judge of the Lincoln Giants is one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues. His dark mane, burly physique, and feral glare intimidate batters even before they face his wicked repertoire of pitches. Brian “Boo” Carter is barely hanging on to his spot in the Giants rotation. He wrestles with a lack of confidence, a nonexistent curve, and his feelings for Eileen Palmer—Sam’s girlfriend. Both pitchers are chasing dreams. Both pitchers are facing barriers made more formidable by their off-field pursuits. With the Giants season hanging in the balance, Sam and Boo must make decisions that will impact far more than their careers in baseball.