Fans of "The King Boy" (1991), Rhodes' first book about Benjy King, will not be disappointed in this sequel, which takes place two years later. Having graduated from high school, 18-year-old Benjy is working the farm he inherited after his grandfather's death. Many changes have occurred in his small Arkansas town. Loggers have clear-cut most of the forests; his father, who works for a logging company, is seldom home; it's difficult to find workers to help on the farm; and Benjy's friend Coot Hunter is talking about leaving because it's only a matter of time before the old way of life is gone. Growing up is more complicated than Benjy reckoned. Then Benjy meets Wolf, a Native American trying to preserve the old ways, who teaches Benjy about making a difference. He also meets Sara, who is searching for her father who disappeared years before. In his determination to help Sara, Benjy puts his friendship with Coot to the test. Rhodes writes with a down-home charm that is just right for this story of loss, forgiveness, and healing.