Newspaper copyboy Victor Vollmer sets out from Memphis to spread the ashes of Mr. Spiro, his friend and mentor, at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But the journey will not be a simple one. Victor will confront a strange and threatening world that puts his abilities and confidence to the test. He meets a girl named Philomene, and together they may meet the challenge-- if they can evade Hurricane Betsy. -- adapted from goodreads.com info.