Twelve-year-old Foster knows in his gut that Dax Ganey, the man dating his widowed mother, is a bad seed. Then a mysterious stranger arrives at their Alabama farm, a former Army Ranger in Iraq rambling across the country, and Foster believes he has found an ally against Dax. The stranger proves a fascinating mentor, full of wisdom and secrets. And Dax soon has reason to resent not just him and Foster but also Foster's mother. A spurned Dax will be a dangerous enemy, but Foster is increasingly aware that the stranger is just as dangerous, if not more so.
From the author of one of the most highly acclaimed children's survival adventures of the last decade comes this tautly wound new novel reminiscent of classic westerns, about a boy caught in the middle of a clash that may turn out to be his own battle to fight.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - joeydag - LibraryThing
This is a gripping tale of a 13 year old boy's experiences one year after he witnessed the traumatic death of his father. A role model walks into Foster's life on a remote farm that his widowed mom is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lilibrarian - LibraryThing
Foster's dad died in an accident about a year ago, and nothing has been the same since. He and his mom can't do the upkeep on the farm, and now his mom is dating someone Foster really doesn't like ... Read full review