Nem is a goofy, happy-go-lucky boy with a seemingly perfect family with his mother & sister & a best friend in the school's Queen Bee. One faithful afternoon he gets lost while orienteering for P.E class and meets a scary looking punk. Having heard rumors about him eating animals alive and whatnot, Nem is naturally unnerved, but as he talks with him it's apparent that those are just that, rumors. In fact, the boy, who is called Marcus, is just a shy dork with his own fashion sense. The two hit it off straight away and after maybe a little bit of forcing from Nem become fast friends. However there seems to be more than friendship going on. At the same time, cracks form in the perfect homelife for Nem and we begin to see the truth of what is really going on, their mother suffers from severe mental health issues and is both emotionally and physically abusive. And she's part of an ultra conservative sect. Nem and his sister Anna have a close bond, and Nem promises to protect her & take her with him when he moves out. They refuse to seek help due to being afraid, and while their mother is suffering, she still has her good days which are really great.
I mean, bunch of things have happened after that, but that's like a recap for first two chapters