Warren Botts, is a scientist who needs a break from his lab work and takes on a long-term sub position as a science teacher in a middle school . He’s a quiet, introverted man with the best of intentions who doesn’t always have an easy time dealing with his students, still he befriends a troubled young girl named Amanda. When Amanda is found dead in his backyard, Warren panics and takes flight. The small community is quick to vilify the teacher and brand him as both a pedophile and a murderer. Readers hear Warren’s story through a nameless narrator, who tells the story with great dispassion, leaving readers to guess at his identity. This is a heart pounding read that delivered more than a few surprises.