A young hunter must confront the value of life as he faces the loss of his grandfather.
For John Borne's family, hunting has nothing to do with sport or manliness. It's a matter of survival. Every fall John and his grandfather go off into the woods to shoot the deer that puts meat on the table over the long Minnesota winter.
But this year John's grandfather is dying, and John must hunt alone. John tracks a doe for two days, but as he closes in on his prey, he realizes he cannot shoot her. For John, the hunt is no longer about killing, but about life.
The value of life is the theme of these two rugged novels, the first a coming-of-age tale revolving around a deer hunt, the second a collection of interspliced stories contrasting a celebration of the human spirit with glimpses of the dehumanizing forces of war. Ages 9-13; 12-up.