A portrait of a family in crisis, this poignant novel navigates the tensions created when a family of faith is tested like they have never been before. When a minister's wife dies suddenly, he is left devastated, with four children to raise alone. He soon remarries and fathers a new baby, but the family is torn apart as the children struggle with their stepmother and with their own belief in God after their tragic loss. The minister’s eldest son is punished by the church officials for what is seen as a moral failing, his daughter must learn to accept her sexuality in an intolerant church, and his new wife becomes the target of his younger son’s anger and resentment. When the boy’s anger turns to violent outbursts after a mysterious incident at a summer camp that he refuses to speak about, the family must find a way to come together and try to help him before it is too late.