Luke Ralston, a hard scrabbled boy, has climbed the hard way into middle class affluence, with a wife and daughter he loves. But he has a character flaw which causes his wife to throw him out of his home. Luke falls down the rabbit hole of American society, carrying him away from the world he knows into the underbelly of contemporary life, and finally into the woods of the Great Lakes where he becomes a man with a new life.
In her own evolution, his wife Linda struggles to find the potential in the happy person she once was, and their daughter, Lucinda, comes to terms with what is becoming of both her parents. The teenager knows something has been left unfinished. With impressive boldness she hires, and joins forces with, a private detective, to find her missing father. The novel’s conclusion brings a cathartic emotional and physical upheaval.