Harry just wants to spend the summer away from the horror that is the Dursley household. Regardless of his reasons, Dumbledore forces Harry to return to their physical mistreatment, to the lack of food, and to the verbal put-downs. But when Harry finds Malfoy on the train, they strike up a conversation and a tentative friendship. As they talk, Malfoy begins to realize that all is not as it seems in regards to Harry's home life. Over the course of the summer, and through several pieces of correspondence, more comes to light, and Harry finally gets the help he should have received years ago.