By Peg Willis,Karen Taylor
at the night of Sunday, June 14, 1903 a major flash flood devastates tiny Heppner, Oregon. teenagers, Lilyann and Gilbert Harmon, vanish. With approximately 1 / 4 of the town's citizens dead—and the various our bodies buried deep within the dust of the Willow Creek Valley—most humans imagine that the youngsters died and their our bodies have been simply now not chanced on. yet their father, Mac Harmon, refuses to renounce desire and combs the Pacific Northwest for seven lengthy years looking for them.
Heppner, in the meantime, struggles to remake itself. The fight is especially actual, even in the middle of laughter and new existence. Widows and widowers—some with children—abound, and the variety of homes on the town has been diminished through a fourth. certainly, this leads to many new “ready-made” households. New infants are born, and youngsters start to play back, whilst they attempt to make feel of whatever the wisest adults can't comprehend. even if worry has develop into an everlasting resident during this little city snuggled (or trapped) on the junction of numerous streams in steep canyons, wish and braveness start to upward push above that worry. therapeutic from actual, psychological, and emotional wounds keeps, individual via individual, center by means of middle, leaving in its wake a desire that's tangible and robust, and persistence slowly develops into triumph.
But that triumph doesn't come simply. younger Shan Collins takes at the large activity of elevating his 3 youngest siblings. Grace, slightly alive after escaping an unthinkable evil, wonders why she didn't die within the flood. Esmerelda longs for a greater existence yet isn’t in any respect yes this kind of factor is possible—at least now not for the likes of her. Will can’t stroll. Michael is doing his top to turn into a juvenile antisocial. Lives far and wide city were grew to become the other way up. Can something ever be a similar back? No. It simply can’t. It by no means could be the same.
The lacking young children are, certainly, nonetheless alive. yet the place are they? and will they be rescued from the “life” they now stay? If love is sufficient to locate them, Mac is the same as that activity. yet is love adequate? the affection of man—maybe now not. however the love of God—His love can overcome all.