Tom is father to Curtis and Erin. Elke, his mad wife, committed suicide when the children were young, leaving stoic and emotionally inexpressive Tom who is happier with trees and nature than people to bring up two children. When as a teenager resentful Curtis makes a drastic mistake their loyalties and instincts are tested.
I found it really, really hard to get through this book. I loved the title and quite liked the cover page, but beyond that found it very hard going. After the initial incident which you presume is going to provide the action for the story, we wander around for three quarters of the book with Tom looking at trees, then get down to the story at the end.