In this story by Leif Enger a young boy, Reuben, is a witness to a murder and his brother is the murderer. Initially the murder is considered self-defense, but later opinions sway the opposite direction and his brother is destined to life in prison until he escapes from jail.
In the mean time Reuben must deal with asthma, an ill father, and his creative sister. His father has an unshakable faith in God and in doing the right thing yet he is torn with his love for his wayward son. The family travels in search of Reuben's brother and for peace.
There is a lot of symbolism in the book regarding peace and life. The author has a gift in writing. I could feel peace right from the the opening pages through to the tragic events. It leaves the reader with a sense of hope that miracles can happen despite what happens.
I liked this book.