In the book The Defender by Alan Gibbons, Ian Moore’s life was as normal as it could be. He was just a regular fourteen year old teenager. “The reason he is back home at this time is because he was clowning around at school, trying to impress the girls in general and Vicky Shaw in particular”(Gibbons3). He liked a girl in his grade named Vicky Shaw, and he tried everything to impress her just like any other teenage crush. Grades didn’t matter for him, all that mattered to him was having fun. But when two Irish strangers arrived at his doorstep, his life was changed forever.
Ian finds out his dad owes the Irish people two hundred thousand pounds, that was the reason they moved places every now and then. “That’s enough!”(47). Ian’s dad was already prepared for this. But Ian was obviously not. Moments ago, Ian still had a regular teenager life, but now he has to delete his childish thoughts and acts. Ian has to start being mature in order for him to handle this situation. This situation happens a lot in movies when the main character finds out his/her parents owes money and they have to run for their lives, but this is real.