Oliver Cross is 72 years old, in failing health and estranged from his family. He sets out in search of his granddaughter who has run off with a loser boyfriend. Also perusing the couple is a Russian drug dealer who has been ripped off by the boyfriend.
What follows is a road trip in a beat up old truck with Oliver accompanied by a treacherous girl and a stray dog. Oliver’s past comes out in a number of flashbacks and in conversations he has with his much loved dead wife Helen. The road trip echoes the road trip the hippy couple Oliver and Helen took many years previously that ended up at a commune farm.
Oliver is a curmudgeonous unlikeable old man but by the end of the book we come to understand him if not like him.
At times Lashner’s writing style is jarring but it is never less than absorbing.