This is a rather tight-nerved tale full of love between a man and his son as they travel through the American countryside after it has been blasted and burned. Very few people are left, very little food can be found, and no one can trust anyone else. The man remembers how things used to be, but the son is too young to know of the “good old days”. They are headed south, for warmth and the ocean, but it is winter and still uncomfortable. They both have illnesses from their hard life, but the man loses his battle at the end of the tale and the boy is taken in by a man who had a family and was aware of his circumstances. A good ending for a frightening tale.