Tom Dowten's life is not what he once dreamed it might be. Instead of teaching high school English, he drives a bulldozer in a landfill. His boss is a loathsome egoist willing to cut corners, endanger lives, and lie. Tom's marriage is splintering; his daughters are alternately angry and sullen. He's forgotten about God. Yet he manages to endure, scratching off days one by one, until he spots a mysterious man moving about the dump he tends.
Tom's life is about to change, in ways he never could have expected.