Hoping to gain a better education as well as ridding himself of the stagnant life on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Arnold "Junior" Spirit decides to transfer to the local public high school in the Sherman Alexie novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. When Junior transfers to the high school 20 miles away, he becomes more of an outcast than ever. His friends on the reservation call him an "apple"--red on the outside and white beneath the skin--and he finds himself the only Native American at his new school. But things begin to improve when, as a freshman, he makes the varsity basketball team and earns a starting position. Later, he faces off against his former best friend, Rowdy--the star of the reservation team--when Reardan High plays his old school.