Teddy isn’t happy. And who would be in his situation? It’s 1959. His dad left a couple years ago, and his mom has since let her live-in boyfriend take over their lives. Teddy might be causing some of his own problems — getting into trouble with other boys at school, letting his grades slip — but, still, is this any reason for his mom’s boyfriend — not even his step dad, really — to ship him off to some reform school?
At the St. Ignatius Academy for Boys, run by the Catholic church in a small Canadian town, Teddy’s life is about to get worse. The priests are strict and the punishments are brutal. It’s a desolate, hopeless place. Teddy is desperate to get out, but even when his mom does write, all she does is talk about her boyfriend. Teddy’s saving grace are the two friends he’s made at St. Iggy’s — a fellow student, Cooper, and the school handyman, Rozey, who takes the boys on little trips and gives them home-cooked meals on the weekends.~ read more ~