T“He’ll be back before you know it,” my older brother Orin said. But when you’re in seventh grade, ven one day without your best friend is too long.
he Sean Merry’s family of eight is used to the normal hardships all
farmers in their rural Kentucky community of Shady Meadows face. But now
Sean must embrace a challenge tougher than any crop he’s ever raised.
His best friend, Ian, has to return with his mother to Harlan County,
Kentucky, to attend a trial about Ian’s father’s death in the coal
Days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months. Will Ian ever return?
The waiting will take every shred of patience, trust, and hope Sean has.