The story of the two outcasts, Kevin and Max, and how they team up to become "Freak the Mighty," takes place over the course of about one year. The story begins the summer before the two boys enter the eighth grade when they reunite for the first time since they were small children in day care. Max reminds the reader that the boys had first become acquainted when they were known as "Kicker" (Max liked to kick other kids) and "Robot Man" (Kevin wore leg braces at the time). They met briefly again when they were in the third grade. The boys become fast friends during the summer and the first part of the school year, after which Max is kidnapped by his father, "Killer" Kane, at Christmas. Things return to normal for the rest of the school year, but just after the eighth grade lets out for the summer, Kevin has a seizure on his birthday and dies a few days later. Although no specific year is given for the story, author Rodman Philbrick published the novel in 1998. The setting for Freak the Mighty is Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Philbrick's home town.
The setting for Freak the Mighty is Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The author's home town.