The first conflict is that Max has been left motherless because his father killed his mother.
Max has trouble relating to people and has a lot of inner anger.
Max has learning disabilities and feels stupid.
Freak has a physical disability that limits his movement and height.
Max has grandparents who fear that he may turn out like his father.
Max's father is getting out of jail and wants to see him.
Freak has an allergic reaction to chopy suey at school and has to go to the hospital.
Max's father kidnaps him.
Freak confronts Max's father.
Loretta fights Max's father.
Max has to learn to cope without his friend.