Tamaya and Marshall already have enough problems. Tamayaâ€™s life is split between her momâ€™s house and her dadâ€™s two hundred miles apart, so she misses out on half of both her lives. Marshall made an enemy of new kid Chad during the first month of school, and now he spends his days in silence because no one – not even his best friends – will talk to him.
And life is about to get much, much worse.
First, Chad tells Marshall to meet him at the street corner after school so they can fight. Then, Marshall decides to take a shortcut home through the woods, and Tamaya goes with him. Then, Chad follows them and confronts Marshall, and Tamaya smashes a handful of mud into his face.
But itâ€™s not just regular mud. Before long, Tamayaâ€™s hand turns red and prickly. Then it starts to blister, burn, and bleed.
And then they realize itâ€™s contagious.
Something strange is happening in the woods, and theyâ€™ve just stumbled upon it. The conspiracy behind this â€œfuzzy mudâ€ goes all the way to the top, and it will have deadly consequences for their entire town.