This gripping and fast-paced coming-of-age book tells the tale of 16-year-old gang member, Danny Cagney, whose chance encounters with a young crow and a beautiful girl in rural Vermont one day become the sparks that change his life. Daniel is sentenced by a juvenile court judge to spend a year’s probation on the Vermont farm of his grandparents, whom he has not seen for many years. From the moment he arrives, Danny struggles to adjust to life on foreign turf. He continues to believe that it is only a matter of time before he escapes to the city when a young crow, which he almost kills one day, “conspires” to change his mind. Under his loving grandparents' watchful eyes, Danny begins to resist the pull of the ghetto he was forced to leave behind. He meets a beautiful girl who accepts him for who he is, but her religiously zealous father wants him out of his daughter's life for good. To make matters worse, Danny soon becomes the target of local bullies and the corrupt county sheriff. Then, his fellow gang members come calling.