Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
The characters in this book are true to the setting of the mountains of S. Carolina. They lead simple and, more often than not, tragic lives. Survival, rather than fulfillment drives them forward. This is the story of one family, yet it tells the story of all who live there.