Trivia is Serious Business.
Northwest High is a normal school in a normal Illinois town. It has a perfectly typical student body with a standard high school hierarchy. The cool kids are on top, the weird kids are on the bottom, and never the twain shall meet.
Except, that is, for two weeks in autumn, during the school's annual Trivia Master competition. For those two weeks, everything changes. The nerds inherit the earth. Knowledge itself becomes power. And with all that on the line, the knives come out.
That's a problem for some people. Paul Liston never intended to fight a war - just play a game with his peers. But as the king of the whiz kids, he's a target for everyone in contention. His friends want to use him. His rivals want to destroy him. And with his enemies multiplying daily, his only hope might be to sink into the gutter with them.