After a tumultuous first semester in seventh grade, Jed Rivers returns triumphantor so he thinks. After embracing his undeadness to put his archenemy Robbie in his place, the thirteen-year-old zombie thought hed have a much easier time surviving the second semester relatively intact. That was before he came across the antizombie propaganda published by the mysterious NZN Network, a group trying to push Hollywood stereotypes as the truth. Through fear-mongering and outright lies, the NZN Network will stop at nothing to get Jed expelled. Jeds attempts to blend in get even more difficult when news spreads that hes created a zombie dog. And its no rumor. Jed shocks even himself when, after seeing a dog get hit by a car, he brings the dog back to lifeor at least to undeadnesswhen some of his ooze slips into the dogs wounds. The good news is that Jed always wanted a faithful canine companion. The bad news is that the creation of Tread (so called for the mark on his ribcage) unnerves Jeds best friend Luke. Luke abandons Jed, who then learns Luke has been feeding the NZN Network inside information. Determined to unmask those behind NZN, Jed gets his opportunity at the end of the school year during Pine Hollows annual Science Fair. When the NZNs experiment goes horribly awry, Jed has a chance to show people that being undead isnt always a bad thing.