If you ask Nicholas Borelli II–better known as Nicky Deuce–winter in New Jersey is awfully boring compared to summertime in Brooklyn, where he had the best two weeks of his life. Now it’s cold out, he’s back in school, and he has to live without Grandma Tutti’s home cooked Italian meals and Uncle Franklie’s funny tough-guy attitude.
But not for long! Nicky’s father is throwing a New Year’s Eve party and the whole family is going to stay at their house and the gang from Brooklyn is coming to visit. By Christmas, Nicky’s home is brimming with Brooklyn accents. Grandma Tutti wastes no time taking over the kitchen while Uncle Frankie charms the neighbors and cousin Tommy beats up Dirk Van Allen, the biggest jer in the neighborhood.
Suddenly Tommy becomes a local hero but he and Nicky also become the prime target of a bully’s revenge. Nicky Deuce is about to find out that winter in New Jersey is anything but boring.