There is a lot going on in this contemporary novel. A young girl, struggling with spina bifida, her grandmother growing increasingly senile, her father trying to do what's best for his ailing mother. The Alzheimer's afflicted grandmother lets slip that she was involved in a ground-breaking protest during the Civil Rights struggle, where she met a Howard Univ. student who (unknowingly) fathered her son.
An Earth Day protest turned violent involved a schizophrenic young man, whose involvement was investigated by the FBI. He becomes involved with the 16-yr old girl suffering from spina bifida. Her father and his father both seek to help him.
An especially relevant novel for 2017, as white supremacists face off with AntiFa. The Civil Rights movement remains as relevant today as it did in 1970.