Thirteen year old Henry's eccentric mother, Adele, has become increasingly reclusive since divorcing his father, who lives across town with his new wife and children. When mother and son are out on a rare shopping trip, a man with cuts on his leg and head asks them for help. Though they quickly learn that he is an escaped convict, Adele does not hesitate to bring him home, where he almost instantly becomes a part of their broken family. As Henry observes the passion between his mother and Frank, the convict, he becomes jealous and conflicted. When after a few days, the couple decides to escape to Canada, Henry agrees to go along, but a series of betrayals threatens the newly assembled family's future. Though it requires some suspension of disbelief when Adele agrees to harbor Frank, his story and his demeanor quickly endear him to readers. His devotion to both Adele and Henry transforms them and makes them believe their lives could expand beyond their isolated home. The novel is fast paced and suspenceful, and though it appears that it could have no happy ending, the resolution is satisfying.