Fourteen-year-old 'model pupil' Davidde (his parents had trouble spelling) lives with his dad after his mother died.
His father does his best, but when a new headteacher starts at his South Wales valleys school, Davidde is unfairly labelled a troublemaker.
To the horror of his teachers, Davidde finds a new passion for mortorcycle scrambling.
At last he is able to take on the school bullies, earning himself the longed-for respect of his father, not to mention the mysterious Black Rider.
But when his determination to succeed leads him to betray the trust of those closest to him, events threaten to overwhelm Davidde...