In the middle of Nowhere, California, filmmaker Jim Finley is a houseguest of Richard Elster, a retired scholar recruited to market the war in Iraq. Finley is trying to enlist him for a new project: a film that would include nothing beyond a camera, a wall, and Elster in a chair telling the tale of his time in the Pentagon. There are no hidden motives on the part of either character.
It is 1999 in South Boston, and the streets leading to tragedy are paved with memories of tears and ghosts. In Edward J. Delaneys second novel we meet six residents varying in age, temperament, and voice, all on separate paths, some of which are seemingly destined to collide.