Guthrie is a high school teacher in rural Holt, Colorado. For some time
now he's been raising his two boys alone. His wife has all but abandoned her
family. Home problems can't hide the work problems.
Guthrie is failing a star
athlete who threatens to make life difficult for the teacher. Though he's
taking a stand, he gets little support from the administration in this
Ike and Bobby are
Guthrie's nine and ten year-old sons. Their paper route earns them extra cash,
but there's little else to fill the days. The brothers struggle to understand
their mother's intentions on top of other events in their farm town.
Victoria Roubideaux is
seventeen and pregnant. Her boyfriend is long gone and her mom has kicked her
out of the house. Alone and scared, she finds support in one of her teachers.
By the end of the story, Victoria will learn a great deal about life and love.
Maggie Jones is the lady
in whom Victoria confides. She goes above and beyond the call of duty by
taking care of a student this way. Perhaps that's how it is done in
Raymond and Harold McPheron are elderly bachelor brothers who take in
Victoria when her mother throws her out of her home for being pregnant.
The McPheron brothers teach Victoria the values of trust, family and