The story about Justin McLeon, the man without a face, is told in the perspective of a 14-year-old teen named Charles Norstadt. Charles says that he heard rumors about the man and he once was a teacher. The news behind the Man Without a Face is that he got into a severe car accident which ended with an expulsion due to a gasoline leak but no one knows. The novel introduces Charles’s mother who is talking behind the man’s back.
She said that he should get plastic surgery like Aunt Tandy. The man has an older sister named Gloria, who is 17 years old and is the main reason why Charles wants to get away from home. Charles has a similar appearance to his father with his blonde hair and greenish eyes. His sister Gloria and younger sister Meg, who is 11 years old, look like their mother who has curly brown hair and brown eyes.
Meg is short and fat and wears braces. Gloria was about to go to boarding school, and Charles was supposed to go to St Matthew’s. Accordingly, it was a family tradition to attend St. Matthew. Charles was supposed to be visiting St.
Matthew’s which he failed the exam after knowing that his sister would not go to a boarding school and stay home instead. His mother got married after getting divorced from his father. She also got divorced Charles’s stepfather. This lead to his mother’s drinking problem. Every time the siblings fought his mother would take Gloria’s side. His mother always says that he is just like his father which he is still happy about.
Charles used to have a diary, and in that journal, he used to keep things that he liked and discovered that airplanes were about the most frequent entry. His father was an engineer a profession that struck his mother because she preferred communication arts. After his parents got divorced, his mother got married to Bob, who is an editor in one classier publishing in New York. Gloria and Meg seem to have A’s, and Charles seems to struggle in school that is why he says that he is going to join the Air Force when he turns 17 years old. From there he can study whatever he wants even college and then become a pilot.
Charles had got to his head that boarding school would be a harder place for him to cut loose from than just at home and was also where also he knew the setup was. After failing the exam at St. Matthews, he wrote to the headmaster and asked him if there was any way he can get into the school without counting on what he did on the exam.
The headmaster wrote back to Charles by saying that the only hope is that he rewrites the exam again at the end of the summer which means he has to get at least a B average. One day Charles gets woken up by a ginger looking cat named Moxie who he found three years ago.