A coming-of-age story set at a card table. Huck Porter's dad suddenly dies and he feels like nothing will ever make sense again. The girl he loves won't give him the time of day, and his mom works at a roadside diner to make ends meet. Worst of all is Huck's math teacher, a hungry card shark who wears the local poker tournament's first prize, a silver watch that Huck's dad wore proudly for three years. So Huck hatches a plan to win back the watch. Volponi's novel about grief, family and poker will leave you wondering how much you would risk in a game. 176 pgs, paperback, 2008.