Pete Plain, an awkward but creative boy from a broken home, receives a powerful but illegal comic book to hide. After a devious bully shoots his best friend Jack with toxic slime, Pete takes a peek at the book and gets drawn into a different world. There he goes on an incredible adventure. When Jack discovers what Pete has done, he takes the book away. As Pete schemes to get it back, the evil forces that haunt his hometown cause division in his family. The comic book author gives Pete special powers for defeating enemies, but before he can fully realize those powers, he must first conquer the most sinister foe of all, the bitter malady known as Sadly Absent Dad Syndrome.