Whenever anyone became too close, Samuel Hawley and his daughter and move to a new place. Wherever he goes, he sets up a shrine for his decease wife in the bathroom.
After years of traveling Hawley finally settle in Olympus, Massachusetts, where Lilly had grown up. He has forsworn life on the run and becomes a commercial fisherman.
Readers hear about Hawley’s criminal past in a series of flashbacks. Twelve chapters for the twelve bullets Hawley took while still involved in crime.
As was bound to happen, Hawley’s criminal past intersects with his present when his ex-partner Jove comes to visit.
Hawley’s teenaged daughter has already suffered a break-up with her star-crossed love. Like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Lilly and Marshall are an ironic pairing. His mother is a staunch environmentalist who opposes Marshall’s relationship with Loo.