Middle school teachers--Fiction; Navajo Indian Reservation--Fiction; Arizona--Fiction
When Max and his wife, Melissa, come to the Navajo reservation in Arizona for a teaching job, nothing prepares them for the world they enter. Storms with hot winds, but no rain, blind travelers and coat everything in sand. At school, Max butts heads with the crusty principal, Miles Cavenaugh, and he makes powerful enemies when he uncovers a predator in the children’s midst.
And at Church, where he is made branch president, Max finds powers outside the priesthood at work. When mysterious forces and tragedy strike Max’s wife, then his daughter, fleeing the reservation appears to be the only escape. But Max learns that the reservation holds the key to his past and future, and he can only face them by going back. [from publisher's web site]