Ron Rash draws the reader into the happenings of small town America through conversations and details within daily affairs. While set in the rural South, his story is about dilemmas present in the lives and hearts of everyone. He writes of the condition of loneliness. He writes of complications of choices. He writes with subtle foreshadowing. The presence of the unwanted and the even greater desire for that which is absent are in every dried blade of grass and the forlorn desires for rain.