"Tito doesn't live here anymore." Alex Beekman's best friend Tito has disappeared, and his parents won't say where he's gone--or why. To solve the mystery, Alex joins his father on a summer trip to Los Angeles. As he searches, Alex uncovers clues--Tito's surfboard, abandoned on a beach; the turtle design they once painted on their surfboards, now on display at a tattoo shop--but everyone who knew Tito clams up when Alex demands answers about his missing friend. Alex must draw on reserves of courage and physical strength as he outruns a dangerous canyon fire and uncovers the truth about Tito--and himself. Blue Coyote, sequel to Ketchum's award-winning novel, Twelve Days in August, answers the question most often posed by readers: What ever happened to Alex?