Adam Sharp is an agent with IM-8.
Before you get to thinking that the above designation is a typo and should be MI-8 or something like that, think again! This is an American spy organization and the name is correct as you see it.
The organization houses its operations at the Friendly Elementary School in Friendly, Maryland. Walking into the building's janitor's closet, closing the door, and then pressing a red button on the wall opens another door providing access to "a big room full of big computers" which is the headquarters for IM-8. It is normally there you would find 'T', the head of the organization. As far as the outside world is concerned, 'T' is known as the head of the Gifted and Talented (G&T) program. He is the man who chose Sharp to be an agent.
When we first meet Sharp, he is sleepy and inattentive from staying up too late the night before practicing judo. This makes his current assignment difficult to pull off - namely staying awake in spelling class. Sharp, you see, is still in elementary school which is normal for someone his age, namely eight years old. While I have no proof of it, I believe the '8' in IM-8 becomes more understandable.
To help Sharp pull off being a secret agent while still in school, he is part of that G&T program and as such is often pulled out of class to head off to special functions and seminars and such, all giving him the excuse to be gone while on assignment. Even Sharp's parents, unaware that he is a secret agent, are thrilled with his being a G&T student as it would certainly help get him into college later on.
Oh, before I forget, if you want to know how to spot young Sharp in a group of other eight-year-olds, this handsome young boy with the brown hair parted in the middle and the constantly displaced curl in the forehead is the one who is always dressed in the tuxedo.
As an IM-8 operative, Sharp routinely jets off to places all over the world where he often joins up with other youngsters similarly working for their country's version of IM-8, such as the very impressive Dutch agent, Tulip Belle.
Separately or as a team, Sharp has one main nemesis, the scary and dangerous General Menace!
- "IM-8 agents were assigned the secret missions that other agents were too scared to go on."