Moon Blake and his father live in a very remote, wooded part of Alabama. They live in a very primitive domicile. It is not really a house but more of a shelter built into the earth with a special hiding place in the back to be used when the inevitable happens. What is that you might ask? It is when the government will come looking for you and try to take you and your freedoms away. Yes, Moon’s father is what we might think of as a militia-type. He hates and distrusts the government and he is teaching his son to hate and distrust the government, too.

Moon has learned that you need to be self-reliant, independent of others, strong, and resourceful. He knows how to live off the land. He and his father hunt, gather, and grow their own food. They even make their own clothes. Moon’s mom died when he was a small child. He doesn’t remember her very well, but his father tells him that she was a very loving person. Moon’s dad compares her to a little finch. And, that is how Moon remembers her. She is buried near their shelter on a hill overlooking a river.

Moon and his father have no contact with the outside world with one exception. There is a local merchant they visit on rare occasions to trade merchandise. Not too far into the book, Moon’s dad injures his leg very badly. He won’t allow Moon to go for help. Knowing he will die, he tells Moon that he should go to Alaska to be with people who are like them. You could guess that Moon’s “Pap” dies. This leaves Moon to take care of the remains and make his plans to travel to Alaska.

This is where the story really begins. Moon narrates the story. He encounters trouble when he is trying to figure out how he will get to Alaska. He has run-ins with a lawyer, a social service’s agent, and a lawman. He ends up in a juvenile detention center where he befriends two other boys.

This is a very exciting, adventure tale. I have to admit, I did not think I would enjoy it.

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