This is the tale of Charlie, a 72-year-old homeless man who goes to live with his son's family after a confrontation with the local municipal court. Charlie is about to be ordered to a nursing home by the city's judge, though he doesn't want to go. At the last minute his married son comes forward to tell the judge that he will take his father into his home.
The adjustment is difficult for the family except for Charlie and his five-year-old grandson, Billy. Confrontations with Charlie's daughter-in-law and two teenaged grandchildren, Eric and Makinzee, make things difficult. It's obvious — Charlie's a pain to live with! The family just can't get along.
When his longtime friend finally succumbs to his illness and dies, Charlie's attitude dims significantly. Mentally, he's about to give up. The climax of the book focuses on what ultimately changes both Charlie and the family, and how those changes shape their lives.
This is a readable, poignant, funny novel of family life, woven around the theme of caring for and loving the elderly. It is highly entertaining as it weaves its warm and loving message. It's a tale you won't want to miss.