Foster lives with his mom at Fourmile. His dad died the previous year in a tragic accident that still haunts Foster. His mom has started seeing Dax, who Foster and his dog dislike intensely. Fourmile is becoming rundown without his dad to fix things up. Foster’s mom Linda plans to sell the farm and move to Montgomery where her dad lives. One day Gary arrives at the farm. He is an ex Special Forces soldier who is hiking to Texas. He stays on at the farm to do some of the work that needs to be done on the place. Foster and his mom both become attached to Gary even though they know they shouldn’t. Of course Dax is not happy with his presence and things get out of control.
This was an intense read. I read it in one setting mainly because I didn’t want to put it down. I thought it was a very realistic look at life on a farm and what happens in an abusive relationship. The violence in the book all seemed necessary in a way to tell the story. It wasn’t graphic, but it might be too intense for some younger readers. I really liked Foster and how he reacted to everything. It felt like the way I would react in that situation, which really made me identify with him. I loved the ending of the book and thought it was a perfect way to finish this story. I would definitely recommend this to upper elementary and middle school students.