Critically acclaimed novelist and Mississippi native, Michael the
violent act of a desperate boy forever binds unlikely lives.
One year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the small coastal
town of Long Beach, Mississippi, two families with deep roots in
its Southern traditions are desperately trying to rebuild the way
of life they have always known.
But some, including the Mexican-American Santos family, are
bringing a large dose of previously all-but-unknown cultures to
this insular community. While one young man, a gay prodigal
son now living in San Francisco, finds himself drawn back to the
In this emotionally charged novel, three families struggle to find
the beauty that can arise from the worst of nightmares.