This is a story about Tamaya who is in fifth grade and Marshall and Chad who are in seventh grade. Chad is a new kid at school and his arrival has displaced Marshal in the seventh-grade friend circles. Marshall and Chad are to fight after school, but Marshall doesn’t want to. The only way to avoid the fight is to go through the forbidden woods. Tamaya is a rule abider and the rule is she is supposed to walk home with Marshal. Her choice is to walk their prescribed path along the road or to follow Marshall into the woods. The thing is the school myth told by boys who claim to have seen him is that there is a deranged hermit who attacks kids living in the woods. The truth is something far more dangerous lurks in the woods, Fuzzy Mud. What happens when only your enemy can save you and only you can save your enemy?