When Frankie Hermans emerges from a coma after 200 days, he knows his life is never gong to be the same again. For a start, he can't talk, he can't walk and it's a struggle even to wield a pen. And then there's Joe Speedboat - a boy who arrived in his sleep like blazing comet and has been stirring things up ever since. Whether setting off bombs or building a plane, Joe has the touch of a magician and the spirit of a daredevil. He also sees a use for Frankie's good right arm beyond writing: as a champion arm-wrestler, Frankie will be strong enough to impress his friends, and maybe even win the favor of the corkscrew-curled girl who has them all in a tailspin. Full of vitality, verve and chutzpah, Joe Speedboat tells the supersonic story of an unlikely friendship, an idea of freedom and a lightning-quick dash to grow.