Regret and redemption mark this novel of loss intermingled with hope. Unspoken and unrequited love, loss of life and loss of innocence, facing change and changing times - these are the elements of this subtle and beautifully written novel of regret and redemption. Looking back over the past 30 years of his life, Fred Holly recounts the loss he and his family experienced of his younger sister Charlotte during his senior year in high school. Simultaneously, his circle of friends is now beginning to go their separate ways. The direction of Fred's life changes course over the years to deliver him to where and who he is today, but the regret of all this loss still haunts him. Through the subtle telling of his story, Fred finds the strength to let go of regret and seek happiness with his life as it is today. This is a powerful and poignant exploration of a Nebraska family facing great upheaval in the late 90s.