The times were simple back then, at least that's how it looks on the surface. Going into the mind of a seven year old, life is far more complicated.
By July of 1954, the Korean War had come to an end. The Rosenbergs had just been executed and the McCarthy hearings were heating up.
None of this matters to a seven year old boy who suddenly finds himself living in a small town in Nebraska while his family breaks apart.
Before long, he has a friend but, with lots of freedom and time to kill, anything can happen.