Bud Caldwell has many survival skills. Bud knows many people (which comes in handy when he needs a place to sleep). Bud can also “duck in cover”. But Bud’s most important survival skill is that he is a very good liar. He is such a good liar that he wrote a book called How to Have a Funner Life and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself. But Bud does not lie for fun; he only lies when he needs to. Bud carries with him; a pocketknife, and a big brown suitcase. In the suitcase Bud has 3 fliers, his blanket, and a small bag of stones.
Bud has been living in “the home” and many foster homes. While in the Amos’es house he makes a 12-year-old wet his bed. He then escapes from the Amos’es house and sets out to find his father.