Tragedy Changing Lives
In Bentrock, Montana, the summer of 1948 held alterations of David Hayden and his parents which caused a critical impact on them all; which includes the death of Little Marie Soldier, and finding out that Frank had been molesting the indian women in the community. These set of events turned an innocent child into a mature adult just by the traumatizing experiences he had seen. Although there may be strain on the family, they all try to work together on how to handle the fact that they have a criminal in their family. The book started out by David being the narrator, explaining all the relatable incidents that happened in his home and these memories from his childhood changed his life forever.
The death of Little Marie soldier was the start of mourning for David. A bad case of pneumonia sets the book into motion, and her struggle for someone to treat her opens the true character of the doctor. David's uncle and Wesley's brother, Frank had such a use of power that allowed him to sexually abuse many of the women Bentrock. Little Marie Soldier had told David's family of why she was terrified of Frank, Frank had sexually assaulted her. Wesley investigates that Frank's career within the community has saved him from getting in trouble. The family does not approve of his disgusting behavior but still doesn't turn him in. This all could have ended if the family would have done so, but Frank takes it to far and murders Little Marie Soldier. David knew his uncle was guilty and his conscience forced him to tell his father, who believed would do something about this situation.
Hoping to save the family from embarrassment, Wesley imprisons his brother in their home basement. After time, Wesley figured out that keeping his brother locked in their house was not going to work, and had to take him somewhere more authorized. With his future gone, Frank commits suicide. David's family becomes exiled within the town and the extended family due to...