This book mostly focuses on the journey of a boy named Brent
Bishop. He is trying to make sense of life, especially his own. His
goal is to do what seems impossible by building a new life for
himself. He does not want any connection or memory of his past
life that was turned to ashes with the killing of an innocent girl.
The whirligigs he builds in atonement for his action is for the
mother of the deceased girl, but also for himself. On the buses
travelling to the four corners of the USA, he realizes that he is a
complete mystery to the other travellers and can fashion his own
life and be reborn.