Amity and Sorrow are sisters, stolen away by their mother, Amaranth, from the only home they've ever known--the compound of their father's polygamous cult in the Idaho panhandle. After four days of driving, Amaranth crashes their car in Oklahoma, where all three are reluctantly taken in by a dogged descendant of the Dust Bowl. While the sisters and their mother struggle in their new surroundings, Amaranth's story of what drove her into the cult and what ultimately drove her away is unfurled in a series of harrowing flashbacks. This is a deft debut told with great compassion and insight. The characters are compelling, the dialog pitch-perfect, and the settings haunting.