“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

– Mark Van Doren

Julius Carmichael is an eleven year-old boy who is all set for his first day of school. His sneakers, clothes, and teacher are all new, and he cannot be any more excited. He studied his math facts all summer, and he is ready to go. When he meets his new classmate, Beatrice Willingham, things take a turn for the worst. Julius becomes a victim of his own mischievous behavior, and is left to pick up the pieces of what was supposed to be the best day of the year.

Jonathan Carroll married Nkechi Okoro when he was twenty-five years old, after an eighteen-month courtship. He knew that Nkechi was a "franchise player" who would lead him to a championship life from the moment they first met in college five years earlier. More than ten years after saying "I do," she has more than delivered. In modern society, Jonathan and Nkechi's relationship and rise into a marriage of champions seems like a rare occurrence. However, the truth is that there are similar couples from all walks of life who manage to maintain a committed bond while striving to be the best they can be. Married to the Franchise chronicles both Jonathan's road to being in a position as a "relationship owner" where he could partner with a woman of Nkechi's caliber, as well as the journeys of other men who found franchise players with whom to share a life. It explores the ways that these couples manage to keep walking side by side through financial ups and downs, career changes, and family expansion.