A grown man takes part in a spelling bee that is for children. Guy Trilby has quit his freelance work in order to participate in a national spelling bee. Winning is the only option and it looks like he's completely capable of it. He has the skills. But there are many who do not want him to win.
Dr. Deagan and Dr. Bowman are two of those people. They are heads of the society that sponsors the spelling bee and they are embarrassed that he has made it to the nationals because for the very first time, the spelling be is going to be syndicated live, world wide! The fact that he has every right to be there (he meets all the criteria, including not having completed grade 8) has nothing to do with it as far as they are concerned. They think he is just there to make a farce of it.
Of course, there are also the parents of the children that are participating in the spelling bee. They are willing to do anything that it takes to make sure he is not the winner.
Best part of story, including ending:
I loved Guy Trilby's relationship with his fellow contestant Chaitanya. Despite their age difference, Guy relates to Chaitanya and they become close.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is when Chaitanya brings Guy a toy car that he stole and modified to look like a cop car. The night before Guy told him that he had a toy cop car and he carried it with him everywhere but he lost it when he was moving with his mother.
Opinion about the main character:
I liked that Guy Trilby was determined. The viewers don't get to find out why he is so focused until the end but he's definitely got a reason for being there. I didn't like the fact that he was eager to take advantage of the reporter that was following his journey but he didn't seem to even realize that he was doing it.