HOUSE RULES is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome. Heâ€™s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject â€“ in his case, forensic analysis.
Heâ€™s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to doâ€¦and heâ€™s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Aspergerâ€™s can look like guilt to law enforcement personnel — and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. HOUSE RULES looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way â€“ but lousy for those who donâ€™t.