This is a sad story about the breakdown of a family. When the teenage son is suspected of a crime involving a 8 year old girl he was babysitting, his father has doubts about his son's innocence. He wants to protect his son but does not know how. The father came from a disfuncitional family and cannot form close family ties with his wife and son. Just as things are being resolved tradegy strickes. This book makes one realize how important close family relationships are to a happy and healthy family. I do recommend this book.