"Your son has cancer."
What can a parent do to live hopefully after hearing words which shatter dreams and turn the course of life in a moment? Hank Graeser had to learn the answer to this question through three long years of pain and dashed hopes and through the years beyond his son Bryan's death.
Like aliens who enter a completely unfamiliar world, Hank and his wife Peggy struggle to gain their footing and learn the landscape and language of cancer treatment. Hank begins to question his relationship with God, as carefully constructed certainties come unglued and Bryan fights for life.
The years after Bryan's death are a winding road in which mourning and grief permeate every area of life including work, marriage, relationships. Wise guides help him feel the pain, grieve well, and view the whole experience as an opportunity for transformation to a new kind of living.
He and Peggy are led to reach out to other parents who have lost children. And it becomes clear that even in the darkest times, there has been a competent companion with him at every step as he is still on the way.