Leif, a 14 year old boy from Hawaii, learns of a "unique teaching style" at a place called Lamia, a Scientology boarding school, in a remote corner of the Pacific Northwest. Desperate to escape his current school and his domineering father, Leif enrolls. At first blush the Lamia School seems... read more
Leif Csuba, 14, has always been a lousy student. After failing 8th grade, his disappointed father, Istvan, sends him to a scientology boarding school 3,000 miles from his home and his only friend, Odi. To Leif’s surprise, the school appears to be everything he was looking for in an... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Leif Csuba, 14, has always been a lousy student. After failing 8th grade, his disappointed father, Istvan, sends him to a scientology boarding school 3,000 miles from his home and his only friend, Odi. To Leif’s surprise, the school appears to be everything he was looking for in an educational system but soon he begins to perceive darker and more sinister intentions then educating young minds.
His unhygienic roommate makes it his mission in life to make Leif miserable. The food is terrible to the point of cruel and unusual. All students are forced daily to endure hard manual labor. And any voiced complaint be it to student or teacher lands you in the dreaded Ethics Office, where children immerge very different from when they went in.
Leif’s only escape are occasional visits to the Peterson’s house; old family acquaintances who don’t understand the introspective teenager.
The education system of the scientologist is like nothing Leif has ever seen. Misunderstood Words and Method Threes, where a student is forced to define every word in whatever book he’s reading and all the words in the definition.
Then one day, Leif falls desperately in love. Leif spies a young girl, Katrina and can’t stop thinking of her. Using his piano skills he tries to compose songs to impress her but doesn’t get the reaction he hopes for.
Leif finds a lone piano at the school and it becomes his sanctuary. He also encounters a group of misfits like himself. Nick, obsessed with the film A Clockwork Orange, Derk, the resident dick of the Lamia, and Jude, an army brat who constantly tries to give the impression he’s an adult, become Leif’s friends.
Using a stolen newspaper, for all independent information sources are banned at Lamia, Leif and his posse spread news about the outside world to get back at the school for all the slights they’ve been forced to endure.
Half way through his time there, Leif gets a slight head cold and is placed in the isolation ward to keep the other kids from getting sick, but it’s a ruse. It is a gingerbread prison for unruly kids. The Ethics Lady, the nameless head of Lamia confronts Leif and forces a confession for crimes he didn’t commit. After seeing this true side of Lamia and with no escape slowly everything Leif gained begins to fall away. His friends dessert him, the Katrina he loves rejects him, his piano is taken away, and his father tells him he is the biggest disappointment of his life.
Despite having nothing to live for, Leif finds hope in the memory of his friend Odi, who in one of the darkest moments of Leif’s childhood, showed him how to rise above it. With a small keepsake his friend gave to him, Leif extricates himself from the school and takes his first step toward becoming a man.
Movement I: Summer
Movement 2: Fall
Movement 3: Winter
Movement 4: Spring
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