Gordon Ryder has the blues. It's 1969, the worst year of Gordon's life so far. He has no friends, and when his father deserts the family, Gordon is left alone with his overly controlling mother. Gordon's only solace is running, which leads to an encounter in the forest preserve that could change everything. Myra Roth, a hippie leader at Gordon's high school, invites him into her inner circle. Gordon must decide: should he enter Myra's world of war protests, drugs, and free love? Gordon Ryder's Blues tells the story of a teenager coming of age in the turbulent Sixties, a story written to entertain young adults curious about that time, baby boomers eager to reminisce, and everyone in between.