As a twelve-year-old who looks like he's about thirty, Liam feels trapped between two worlds. Deciding to mix things up, Liam uses his appearance to gain a seat on the first spaceship to take civilians into space. Shortly after they blast off, however, Liam and his other passengers find themselves caught in space 239,000 miles from home.
The Bolds, a family of hyenas who have gone undercover as humans, shock their neighbors with their actions--Mr. Bold scavenges in neighbors' garbage, Mrs. Bold makes hats from egg boxes and chicken bones, Bobby always is chewing on table legs, and Betty chases her brother while he is doing so and laughs with a cackle. Of course, no family is ordinary, but their neighbors don't seem to pick up on the ruse.