In 1886, Gretta Pope wakes one morning to discover that her husband is gone. Ulysses Pope has left his family behind on the far edge of Minnesota’s western prairie, with only the briefest of notes and no explanation for why he left or where he’s headed. It doesn’t take long for Gretta’s young sons, Eli and Danny, to set off after him, following the scant clues they can find, jumping trains to get where they need to go, and ending up in the rugged badlands of Montana.
"Amazing. Unexpectedly amazing."
Seventeen-year-old Jesse Matson ventures into the Minnesota woods with his father on a cold afternoon. Perched on individual hunting stands a quarter mile apart, they wait for white-tailed deer. The muffled crack of a gunshot rings out. Jesse races through the trees to find his dad dead of a rifle wound, apparently self-inflicted. Haunted by the ghost of his father, Jesse confronts family secrets, questions of justice and retribution, and the nature of his own responsibility.
"kept me coming back for more"