Dying from heart disease, retired Idaho carpenter Phil Doucet has resigned himself to the inevitable. When Phil's beloved 16-year-old grandson Luke is declared brain dead following a car wreck, Phil becomes the transplant recipient of the boy's heart. Healthy again and ``set for life,'' as one doctor puts it, Phil finds himself fighting spiritual emptiness. Ultimately, another 16-year-old, Louise, sexually experienced, homeless, and fleeing her white supremacist upbringing, provides Phil with the incentive to accept a fuller life. Neither maudlin nor sensationalistic, this well-written novel is built around the theme of non-sexual love. Strengths include solid character development, a strong sense of the good and bad of life in the small-town West, and a storyline that explores moral issues in a non-didactic fashion. This novel, by the author of The Chinchilla Farm ( LJ 6/15/89) and Family Attractions ( LJ 12/87), is highly recommended for most academic and public libraries.-- James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.