In Cody County, Lux and his little girl Sadie live among rust and weeds in their scrap yard, eking out a living selling "treasure" and shuttling local drunks in Lux's cobbled-together limousine. Haunted by the memory of Sadie's dead mother, a junkie named Calista, Lux attempts to preserve Sadie's innocence in a town full of people also trying to forget. In a series of vignettes, written in poetic prose, an exotic dancer and a drunk free a bird from a third-rate hotel, a fear-ridden widow steals a mannequin, and someone is breaking into people's houses and sleeping in their beds. Unwittingly entangled in these grim lives, Lux is driven to the edge. At once tough and tender, Scrap Metal Sky is a novel about the durability of love and the good intentions often behind our bad ideas.