In the fall of his senior year of high school, conspiracy enthusiast Mitchell Waterson’s favorite
theory is that John F. Kennedy escaped to the South Pacific while a body double met its end beside Jackie in Dallas. It’s also the year that Mitchell takes six Advanced Placement classes, comes devastatingly close to bedding his ballerina girlfriend, watches his mother be arrested for shoplifting, and realizes he knows more about the Kennedy assassination than his
own father’s suicide. What’s to be discovered about the late James Waterson? As far as his son knows, he was a bartender who could also build a very welcoming birdhouse, and the only time Mitchell ever saw him cry was the morning after John Denver died.
How will Mitchell’s world of Ivy League applications and JFK puzzles change when he finds out the truth about his parents’ pasts? His curiosity – morbidity, really – lands him and his best friend Rob in the small North Carolina town where his father killed himself. Rob and Mitchell visit three strangers who knew James Waterson – an ex-girlfriend who claims to occasionally sit down to tea with his ghost, a distant cousin who speaks through family photos rather than
words, and an old family friend who disarms the heady conspiracy theorist with the stories he never wanted to know.
Great first paragraph. Then you splat into goo.
There's obviously no bad guy here, but the quest is the plot and you'll need more specifics than just a list of characters.