It is the summer of 2028, well into the third term of the president.
In the small town of Lockhart, Texas, 15 year-old Jesse Cartwell finds a sleeved newspaper in the driveway of the trailer home he shares with his dad. But the paper is not supposed to be come today. This is a special delivery, and the headline reads just one word in giant, bold print:
Jesse has grown up in a town where no one questions their country and everyone fears the Lord. It is a place where young men in red caps patrol the streets in pickup trucks, enforcing one law above all else: Do what you are told.
This summer he will meet Deidre, a girl a year younger who will change the way he thinks about the world, and may give him the courage to change it.
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Henry Dodson grew up in Lockhart, Texas. He now lives in Louisiana with his wife and two dogs.