The mountain always looked dark, but the older I got that year, the darker it got. I tried to listen for the music of life that Lacy said is always there if your heart`s ready to hear it, but all I heard was quiet.
Growing up in Virginia`s Allegheny Mountains, eleven "year "old Charlie York lives at the foot of an endless peak called Angel`s Rest, a place his momma told him angels rested before coming down to help folks. In 1967 his town was a poor boy`s paradise "until a shotgun blast killed Charlie`s father and put his mother on trial for murder.
For mysterious reasons, his mother entrusts his care to an old black man named Lacy Albert Coe. Lacy tells simple stories about the good and the bad that compose life`s sweetest music. But when Hollis Thrasher, a reclusive Korean War veteran, is linked to his father`s death and Lacy is victimized by hate crimes, Charlie hears only silence. It`s not until Charlie embarks on a dangerous midnight journey pitting him against his darkest fears that he finally hears his own song playing out.
In this remarkable debut, Charles Davis weaves together an unforgettable melody of a mother`s love, a hero`s return to the living, and a boy who discovers angels do exist.