The Cruiser, the alternative newspaper published by Zander and his crew of middle school misfits, is alive and well. And now there s plenty to report on when LaShonda, one of the Cruisers, steps into the spotlight with her costume designs for an upcoming play. LaShonda s designs get rave reviews, but she soon learns that show business is filled with challenges and choices. LaShonda is forced to consider what s more important fame or loyalty to her autistic brother. Whether she gets a standing ovation or the curtain pulled down on her is up to LaShonda. And she can t help but wonder if the Cruisers have got her back and will be there for her whether she s center stage or waiting in the wings."