When they are kids, Dave, Sean, and Jimmy play together in the streets of East Buckingham. One day, Dave gets in a car, Sean and Jimmy do not, and everything changes. Twenty-five years later, Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store, Sean is a state police detective, and Dave is a bit of a lost soul who has trouble holding a job. One night, Jimmy’s 17-year-old daughter is brutally murdered, Dave comes home to his wife covered in blood, and Sean catches the case. Past influences, maybe dictates, the present in this moving novel.