There are actually several main conflicts in Rodman Philbrick's teen novel, Freak the Mighty. One conflict comes in the many problems that Kevin and Max face when they team up as Freak the Mighty, the oddest couple in their school. They become targets of scorn and derision, and they even have to deal with Tony D., aka Blade, and his gang, who terrorize the boys whenever they meet. But the primary conflict comes when Max's father, "Killer" Kane, is released from jail and kidnaps his son. Max has long feared meeting up with his father, and he has no wish to join him on his planned cross-country travels. Just when things appear to be at their worst, Kevin comes to the rescue, spraying Max's father with a homemade pepper spray and freeing Max. The final conflict comes when Max has to deal with Kevin's sudden death.