Jerry is an average guy at his high school. The day he wakes up late for school, and it turns out to be the worst day of his life. As he makes it to school just in time for homeroom, he finds out he is assigned to do an interview for the school paper about the new guy at school. The new guy is named Buddy Rouvelle, who is known throughout the town as a scary "criminal" type of guy. What Jerry doesn't know is that Buddy doesn't like to be touched, at all. Jerry runs into Buddy in the school bathroom and decides to approach him about the interview. After talking to Buddy, Jerry pats Buddy on the arm. This infuriates Buddy and Buddy then tells Jerry they are going to fight at 3 o'clock after school! The whole school finds out and rumors start to fly about how Jerry is going to get beat up. Jerry spends his entire day (with help of his friends and his sister) trying to get out of the fight with Buddy.