In 1886, Gretta Pope wakes one morning to discover that her
husband is gone. Ulysses Pope has left his family behind on the far edge of
Minnesota’s western prairie with only the briefest of notes and no explanation
for why he left or where he’s headed. It doesn’t take long for Gretta’s young
sons, Eli and Danny, to set off after him, following the scant clues they can
find, jumping trains to get where they need to go, and ending up in the rugged
badlands of Montana.
Gretta has no choice but to search for her sons and her
husband, leading her to the doorstep of a woman who seems intent on making
Ulysses her own. Meanwhile, the boys find that the closer they come to Ulysses’
trail, the greater the perils that confront them, until each is faced with a
choice about whom he will defend and who he will become.
Enger’s breathtaking portrait of the vast plains landscape
is matched by the rich expanse of his characters’ emotional terrain, as pivotal
historical events—the bloody turmoil of expansionism, the near total demise of
the bison herds, and the subjugation of the Plains Indians—blend seamlessly
with the intimate story of a family’s sacrifice and devotion. Download and start listening now!