A small north Texas town, summer of 1968. 12 year old Danny, oblivious to the tides of change sweeping America, is living a charmed Huck Finn life in the woods and pastures on the outskirts of a segregated north Texas grain mill town that harbors an ugly and violent past.
But Danny also carries a dark, shattering secret that he struggles to keep from his family and classmates during the epicenter of adolescent social experience; junior high school.
Wounded and afraid, he ventures into his new, racially mixed school across town that is vastly different from his modern, all white elementary school. Danny becomes witness to the social tides of change beginning to sweep through an insular town long protected from the outside world by Jim Crow and the bosom of surrounding pasture and ranch land.
This is the poignant, funny, tragic and ultimately uplifting story of a wounded, lonely boy and a country at war with itself during a defining era in American history. It is dedicated to all those who struggle to overcome adversity simply because there is no other choice.