This is a brief story about an episode in the life of Alex and his stepfather, Jake. The two are not close, and a wolf spider on the porch brings them both the opportunity to start building a relationship. Since the story is so short, there is much left out. And the episode with the spider can read like slapstick. Yet, the author is obviously skilled with subtle detail to help round out the story. I could see this modified only slightly into a short story for young adults rather than a picture book.