Alan J. Williamson was layed off from a well paying, city technician's job. The loss of benefits and income had hit his family hard this summer. Luckily for them an old acquantance has offered him a mechanic's position, a job Alan enjoyed in his younger days.
Back in the town Alan grew up in, the Williamsons find themselves starting over: a new career path for Alan, an old house to turn into a new home by Carmelita, and a new school with the oppurtinuty for Larry to finally make some good friends. Larry's hoping that middle school will be a far cry more enjoyable than elementary school was and Carmelita has all of her fingers crossed in hopes that her little wall flower was just a late bloomer.