Published: New York, NY : Scribner, 2010 Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed Description: 242 p. ; 23 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9781439159828 (hc) :, 9781439163139, 1439159823 (hc), 1439163138, Language: English
On a cold January morning, Susan leaves her husband alone for a few minutes and returns to find him gone. He has Alzheimer's disease, and he has wandered alone into a frigid landscape with no sense of home or direction. The massive search for her husband brings Susan together with Jeff, a search-and-rescue expert and social worker preoccupied with his young wife's betrayal. In Jeff's care is Corey, a young boy rendered mute and abandoned by his family after setting a fire in which his older brother was killed. As the temperature drops and the search-and-rescue effort builds towards a startling climax, each of the three reflects on their life choices as they struggle with haunting and persistent questions: How am I responsible? What more could I have done?