One boy's journey through Hercules's feats of strength changes everything.
It's 1966, and sixth grade offers nothing but challenges for Alan Cower. Since his father's death, Alan feels unmoored, with only his favorite Greek myth-the labors of the legendary Hercules-to keep him company. That is, until Cyril, his kindhearted bus driver, takes Alan under his wing.
While Alan struggles with a budding crush on his classmate Julie and bullies who seem determined to make his life miserable, Cyril guides him through life lessons using myths-a topic they both love. The more Alan discovers from the stories, the more confidence he gains. With each bus route traveled and page turned, Alan has a chance to embrace his own courage. Will he take it?