I thought this was just another book about a boy (Red) whose father dies and he doesn't want to move...but it is so much more than that. This book takes place in Virginia in 1972, smack dab in the middle of the civil rights movement. Both Red and his mother are pretty progressive in their thoughts about equal rights for all, but that hasn't always been the case with Red's ancestors. He finds out about a wrong committed by his family and he goes about trying to set things right. This is a great historical fiction book. Lots of references to the events and people involved in the civil rights movement.