It's 1956, and even though he has just become a Badger Scout, young Skipper's life is a big mess. His next door neighbor yells all the time, his friend Sally Ann has become obsessed with detective stories and his dog, Lucky, has gone missing. To top it all off, his mother is forcing Skipper to befriend the new kid, Jonathan, an awkward boy with outlandish tales of his monster-hunting father. With his scout guidebook in hand, Skipper sets off with Jonathan and Sally Ann to solve the mystery of Lucky's disappearance. Is it possible there is a werewolf on the loose or are Jonathan's monster- filled tales too incredible to be believed? Exploring the topics of friendship, self-reliance, loss and grief, Skipper begins to wonder if the answers to life's uncertainties may be found in his guidebook or if anything -- or anyone -- is truly what they seem.