Lucas Sinclair is tired of feeling like an outsider. With Max dealing with her own problems, and Will and El leaving town, he has no one to lean on. And he could really use someone after the last few years of fighting monsters, dodging international spies, and the recent events at Starcourt. But then high school starts, and Lucas suddenly has options beyond playing D&D and being bullied. After connecting with someone on the basketball team—one of the few other Black students at school—Lucas begins to understand what it means to be a Black teen in Indiana, just as his town is plunged into trouble once again. Will Lucas be able to find his place in Hawkins in time to save it?