Conrad's brother Buck died in a boating accident and he blames himself for not being able to save Buck. He feels so guilty about it that he tries to kill himself and gets sent to the hospital for a few months to recover. It is recommended that Conrad continue to see a therapist outside the hospital now that he is back home and recovering. His father is more supportive of the idea than his mother is, who refuses to acknowledge anything that happened with Buck or Conrad in the past. Conrad, like Buck, is on the swim team, but doesn't seem to be enjoying it much anymore. He becomes interested in a girl at school, Jeanine, but isn't quite sure how to approach a relationship with her.