"Dark and gritty as a gravel road." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “A searing novel of corporate corruption and justice denied.” – Jay Parini “A wonderfully affirmative novel written with grace, style, and verve.” – Florida Times-Union “A novel of astonishing depth and power.” – Jack Anderson “A courtroom thriller with vividly imagined and deftly rendered characters.” – Publishers Weekly Reclusive hermit and ex-hunter W. T. Halvorsen is a scapegoat for the crimes of the rich and the powerful in remote Hemlock County, Pennsylvania. Dragged into a courtroom in shackles on federal terrorism charges, he must convince a judge and jury that everything they believe about their local government and their town's chief employer is a lie. His only friends outside the courtroom are a young beautician and a mentally disturbed teenage boy. But saving his life could cost them their own. An epic tale of crime, corruption and environmental destruction, and of one honest man's fight for the truth.