Joel and Tony have been best friends since they were babies even though now they are completely different. Joel likes to play it on the safe side, while Tony is a daredevil. When Tony dares Joel to race across the river, Joel finds himself pressured into agreeing, breaking the promise that he made to his father to stay out of the water. When he gets to the sandbar first, he turns around to celebrate his victory and discovers that Tony can't swim. A powerful story of a boy's struggle with his conscience.