A mesmerizing, compulsively readable look at the complicated threads that bind a family, and what happens when those ties are tested by tragedy. One November night, at the Bliss County Day School's annual dance, Hector Espina enters the gym with a gun. What happens that evening tears the town of Bliss apart. And while time does some good to help the grieving, the Loving family gets no such respite. 17-year-old Oliver Loving is struck by a bullet and, nine years later, still lies in a coma, machines doing the work of keeping his body alive, the fate of his mind unclear. But new diagnostic technology promises to reveal if Oliver has been sentient all these years, his mind trapped in his damaged body.