By Rachel Karns
Maggie is a young woman who is coming into herself. She is learning to make decisions about herself and life. One major decision is to work in her family’s jewelry business rather than attend college. Her parents are away on an extended trip, leaving Maggie to manage things at home.
While Maggie is establishing her role in the business, she is drawn to a newspaper story about a “John Doe”. It seems the man has no known identity and is comatose. She follows the news stories, feeling a strong draw to his complicated story and to him.
However, following John Doe’s story leads Maggie to telling a lie that she cannot take back. This changes everything for Maggie. Not only does she learn things about John Doe, but also about herself and life.
Ms. Karns writes of the beauty and history of the Northwestern United Sates, including the important yet controversial reintroduction of the Gray Wolf. These aspects make this book more than just a novel, but rather an interesting and pleasurable read.