The American Southwest at mid-Century is the setting. ---
Laid in the Far Plains Country in a time of youth, when action is all, and hope is defined as escape from home. But behind action a certain mystery often persists, even when seen through the eyes of mature memory and understanding.
The past and present of a whole outlands town provide the subject as well as the setting of the story and its discoveries. Some of these are tragic and final, some liberating, among the young people whose heeldess drive toward self-realization seems so often like betrayal to their elders.
The plains people in their longings, some randy and reckless, others farsighted, hopeful and selfless, weave together their lives, both public and secret.