Jay is struggling with his life. He is complacent about heading to college, especially because his parents don't seem too pleased that he didn't get into an Ivy League school. His friend, Seth, and Jay spend their time playing video games or just musing about life.
Then, Jay gets devastating news. His cousin, Jun, is dead. Jun and Jay were the same age, and used to correspond via letters. Jay didn't respond to Jun's last letter - several years earlier, and now he is consumed by guilt. Jay wants to go to the Philippines to research Jun's death. His parents agree.
So, this will be a story of Jay finding out more about his cousin, the life Jun left in the Philippines, and why Jun was killed. I suspect it will also be about Jay finding his way.
This sounds like an interesting, and likely, heartbreaking, story.