Book Description: Tuffâ€™s father is gone and his mother can barely care for her pack of children in their riverside trailer. Dillon is the only person Tuff can rely on. Then Tuffâ€™s life is shattered when his older brother is senselessly murdered. When he leaves home in search of Dillonâ€™s killer his mother yells out a name--Penrose Leppo--Tuffâ€™s father. Tuff finds a haven at Pen Leppoâ€™s little shack of a store. As he desperately attempts to figure out who killed his brother, Tuff finds an ally in Pen--and most important, a friend who makes him realize that solving the murder wonâ€™t bring Dillon back.