A second before a train collides with her car, a woman kicks a boy out of the door, then proceeds to perish in the train crash. A strange move on her part seeing as though she had no problem beating him for the time he was in her care. Apparently she did have some feelings in her in order to allow the boy to live. The boy is an orphan. An orphan that doesn't know his name and can't speak. One that is destined to be in foster care for the rest of his life if it isn't for Chase Walker and Chase's former foster father, Uncle Willee. Both men have extremely tragic and difficult pasts that come bubbling to the surface once this boy is under their wings, but they somehow manage to keep hold of their dignity when facing those inner demons. The men must find the truth in their lives while helping the boy to find truth in his.
Martin intertwines so many different stories, one would think a reader would become confused. In this book alone there is Uncle Willee's story, Chase's story, the orphaned boy's story, Tommye's story, and Jake's story all thrown into one emotional roller coaster. Martin writes in such a beautiful and artistic manner that there is no confusion, only tenderness and flow. In all of Martin's books there is also a small element of mystery that keeps those pages turning quickly. This was a lovely story, rich in Southern detail and prose. I enjoyed it immensely and again am very much looking forward to Martin's next book.