In the summer of ’61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam is dreaming of
sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny can reach the seaside house
where his mother is spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the
place he thought he had escaped: the gritty coal-mining town of Coalwood, West
There, Sonny’s father, the mine’s superintendent, has
been accused of negligence in a man’s death. Sonny’s mother, Elsie, has
commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But
within hours of his arrival, Sonny realizes two things: his father, always cold
and distant with his second son, doesn’t want him there…and his parents’ marriage
has begun to unravel.
For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery—a time when he
will learn about love, loss, and a closely guarded secret that threatens to
destroy his father and his town. As the days of summer grow shorter, Sonny
finds himself changing in surprising ways, taking the first real steps toward
adulthood. But it’s a journey he can make only by unraveling the story of a man’s
death and a father’s secret—the mysteries that lie at the heart of Coalwood. Download and start listening now!