This story starts when Susan McConnell is walking across her school's parking lot, thinking about their new teacher, Mr. Griffin. As she was walking across the parking lot, she thought about how she hated spring, and how she wished that she lived on a lake somewhere; She then thought about how her realist father had put it. He had asked her how she was going to pay the property taxes. After that, she started realizing that of all the times that she had said someday, they would probably mean never. Just then, David, her crush, came along, and was a bit angry at the fact that his paper had been lost, except for the piece that Susan had caught.
They than commented about all of the things that Mr. Griffin did. After reaching the school building, David struggled with the door, and found his way inside; the crowd immediately swallowed him up, before Susan could catch up and start to walk beside him. She then gave up, after his friends, Jeff and Mark joined him at his side.
After she had been pushed into her homeroom, number 117, she had two minutes to wait for class to start and sat uncomfortably at her seat, rummaging through her purse, for a lack of something better to do. After class started, Mr. Griffin walked in, immaculate, and on time as usual, and asked for the homework. Most students had passed theirs in, but Mr. Griffin persisted in bothering those who had not decided to do it, or who had not understood the assignment. Jeff had just about had it, and stood up to Mr.
Griffin and asked why ha had not the understanding to re-explain the assignment, and give extra help, and also asked why he didn't give any "A's." Later, when Mark and his clique were in the soda shop, he jokingly suggested that they kill Mr. Griffin. But then, he later suggested that they 'just kidnap him,' and make him 'crawl,' effectively making him want to persecute, on such absurd charges that the school might think him unworthy of his job, and fire him; This would solve their whole problem, and get rid of him for a long time to come. They then worked out a plan, choosing Susan as their "decoy," the person who would lure Mr. Griffin into staying after school, and then they would jump him when he went for his car. She would be the perfect candidate, because of her standing in class as a nice, inconspicuous person.
Later, after they took Susan into the mountains, and persuaded her to take part, the scene changes to Mr. Griffin's bedroom, where we learn that his wife was pregnant, and all about how she came to know Brian Griffin. All of the children then carried out their plan to perfection, Susan played her role effortlessly, although she transformed into a crying lump after seeing Mr. Griffin, whom had just given her his first compliment, being bound and held captive for being a horrible teacher.
David told her not to worry, just to tell Betsy that the group was hiking to a hidden spot in the woods, and to meet them there. Although they all pleaded for her to come, she refused, and went home. Meanwhile, Mr. Griffin was receiving his punishment, along with which, his nitroglycerin pills were crushed. Then, Dave suggested that they leave him for 7 hours, until midnight, up in the woods, bound and gagged.
They tried to scare him by telling him that there were hundreds of them there, and that they would just let him starve. He Just shrugged these off, so they just left him, for hew wouldn't beg for release, like he made Dave beg for his 2 nd year in Griffin's English class. Later that night, Dave went to Susan's house and asked her to come to eat with him, because he wanted to tell her about what had transpired during the time she was at home. They then realized, after a while that Jeff and Mark might not go to set Mr. Griffin free that night after being worn out from a b-ball game.
They then decided that they would take matters into their own hands, and set Griffin free themselves. After Susan and Dave had made it to the place where they had left Griffin, they stopped, and realized that he was dead! Sue and Dave then decided that the best thing to do would be to call mark, and let him handle it. They then all got together and talked about what to do. They decided it would be best to just lie low with their alibis and stay away from reporting it.