"This is a story of the personal tragedy of two adolescent boys and of how abnormal and violent behavior can develop in the lives of apparently ordinary people."
"No one had ever considered Barry Morris or Paul King to be dangerous boys. Barry was painfully shy and a brilliant scholar; Paul was attractive, glib, unusually poised for his hage and a leader of his set. No one, least of all the boys' parents, paid much attention to the strange, intense friendship which grew between them and soon began to absorb their waking hours.
And then one afternoon it happened. On a deserted country road, these two seventeen-year-olds of highly respected families committed one of the most gruesome and terrible crimes ever conceived. When the truth came to light, no one was more shocked or surprised than those who had known them all their lives."