From the dustjacket:
Virgil cannot break that coed, but he is determined to escape the cycle of retaliation. He gives up not only his modest hopes but his identity and, like countless fugatives before him, heads west. There, amonth people who are as foreign to him as the stark Montana landscape, he finds love, purpose, community--all that he left behind. But just when his dreams are within reach, the past overtakes him, with devastating consequences.