The bestselling controversial novel about corruption and misuse of power in an American boys' school.
The headmaster of Trinity College asks Archie Costello, the leader of the Vigils, a secret society that rules the school, to help with the selling of 20,000 boxes of chocolates in the annual fund-raising effort.
Archie sees the chance of adding to his power - he is the Assigner, handing out to the boys tasks to be performed if they are to survive in the school.
Freshman, Jerry Renault, a newcomer to the corrupt regime, refuses to sell chocolates.
Enormous mental and physical pressure is put on him but he will not give in - the result is an inevitable, explosive tragedy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/08/2001
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780141312514