Hank, Leland, Kip, and Ronny were all born and raised in the same Wisconsin town and are now coming into their own as husbands and fathers. One never left, still farming the family's land that's been tilled for generations, whereas the others did leave, with varying degrees of success; as a rock star, commodities trader, rodeo stud. Seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth. Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn t is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler s hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story."