Marcus is a 14-year-old footballing genius who keeps getting into deep trouble at school. He is the best player by far in a tough, ethnically diverse inner-city area of London. The team gets tantalisingly close to Schools League and Cup glory. His Nigerian father is a wannabe soul singer with a day job as a postman, and his English mum cold-calls double glazing. The parents are at a loss what to do with their wayward son Marcus.
Dealing with deafness, shifting friends, crazy parents and a ‘special measures’ school, Marcus will have to gather all the strength he can find – in others as well as within himself.